Name: Fulbert of Falaise
Birth: ABT 978 in Falaise, Calvados, Normandy, France
Fulbert of Falaise (fl. 11th century) was the father of Herleva, moth er of the illegitimate William the Conqueror, the 11th-century Duke of Nor mandy and King of England.
Fulbert has traditionally been held to be a tanner, based on translatio ns of Orderic Vitalis' additions to the Gesta Normannorum Ducum. He writ es that during the siege of Alenšon (1051-2), the natives had been mutilat ed by William after they called him a pelliciarius (pelterer), because h is mother's kinsmen had been pollinctores (corpse preparers). One later po etic source interpreted the occupation to be that of tailor, but in part d ue to flawed transcripts of the original, many historians have conclud ed he was a tanner,. Others have favored a more literal reading, that Herl eva's family had been undertakers or embalmers.
Orderic also added to the Gesta that Fulbert served as Duke's chamberla in (cubicularii ducis). It has been suggested that this occurred after Wil liam's birth. Perhaps linking Orderic's two additions, contemporary practi ce made the chamberlain one of the persons responsible for burials.
Doda of Falaise b: ABT 980 in Falaise, Calvados, Normandy, France
- *Herleva of Falaise b: ABT 1003 in Falaise, Calvados, Normandy, France