Father – Unknown
Mother – Unknown
Spouse – Poppa of Bayeux, a French princess
Children – William Longsword, Gerloc
Rollo of Normandy was born around 860 in Scandinavia. Sources differ as to whether he was born in Denmark or Norway. The exact date is not known and 860 has been estimated by working back from other known events in his life.
The Viking Rollo took part in many raids on Scotland and England. He may have been friends with Guthrum
who accepted baptism as Aethelstan and was granted the Kingdom of East Anglia by King Alfred the Great.
Rollo began making raids on the northern coast of France.
Rollo married Poppa of Bayeux.
A son, William, was born to Rollo and Poppa of Bayeux.
A daughter, Gerloc, was born to Rollo and Poppa of Bayeux.
The Vikings led by Rollo sailed up the River Seine and took control of lands the river passed through. He then lay siege to Paris.
Treaty of Saint-Clair-sur-Epte
After defeating King Charles III of France at Chartres, Rollo negotiated this treaty which gave him land in Neustria. This was later called land of the Northmen before becomming Normandy.
Rollo and his family settled in Rouen which became the capital of Normandy.
As part of the terms of the Treaty of Saint-Clair-sur-Epte, Rollo, his army and court were baptised. Rollo was given the baptismal name Robert. A number of sources indicate that he married a daughter of Charles III.
Rollo’s health was failing so he handed control of Normandy to his son, William.
Rollo of Normandy died.
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Harvard Reference for this page:
Heather Y Wheeler. (2022). Rollo of Normandy 860 – 932.