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William Rouen

Insight into the person that is William Rouen.

Story - William's Father - Robert de Rouen

Game Date: 4/28/1075

Who: Guillaume de Rouen a.k.a. William Rouen

Sir Robert de Rouen is the son of Sir Tancrede de Rouen and Marie Flanget. He was born in Normandy in 1042, the second of Tancrede's four children, and the only survivor to adulthood. Robert was part of William the Conqueror's invasion force of England in 1066. In the ensuing division of England, Robert was granted lands near the Welsh border at the recommendation of Alain of Brittany, who was impressed with Robert's bravery during the Battle of Hastings. Geoffroi de Longueil, Baron of Crossing March, which is on the Welsh border, became Robert's liege lord, becoming impressed with Robert's valor on the Welsh March in the Conqueror's, and later William Rufus's, campaigns against the Welsh.

This valor won him the hand of Geoffroi's younger sister Margaret, who was enamored of Robert in spite of the difference in age, Margaret being twelve years older than Robert. Robert returned the affection fully, having seven children with Margaret, four of which survived to adulthood. Robert dotes on Eleanor, his sole surviving daughter, and deeply misses Louise and Margaret, the daughters who died before adulthood, Louise at five, and Margaret at the tender age of one. However, he is harsh and erratic with his sons Guillaume, Geoffroi, and Jean, and almost never mentions his first-born child, Tancrede, who died at three. He treats them this way because of his mistrust of men. Two of his three siblings were illegitimate, and since Tancrede was killed in the constant warfare between the Ile-de-France and Normandy over the Norman Vexin, Marie had Robert's undivided attention to turn her hurt venom against men in general and Tancrede in particular. Robert's older brother Frederic, born from Tancrede's liaison with a camp follower, died at the age of one, three years before Robert was born. However, the breach of trust was too much for Marie's pride to bear, even though she expected such from Tancrede. Tancrede's youngest child, Bianca, from an unknown mother, was also too much for Marie to bear along with Bianca's living until the age of fifteen. The behavior of Robert's fellow knights during campaigns only reinforced his opinion of the male species. He and Guillaume had an argument over Guillaume's behavior right before Guillaume's disappearance; Robert accused Guillaume of the worst aspects of male behavior toward women and Guillaume fiercely protested his innocence.

Robert is a driven man. He always has something to prove because his father never achieved much esteem among the Normans who came over to England. He resents Guillaume for not being as driven, in spite of the fact that it is his own success that is the foundation of Guillaume's greater confidence, as Robert is respected among his peers. His persecution of the Saxons and the Breton Welsh stems from this insecurity and results in the respect among his peers for ruthlessly hunting the foe.

Record Last Changed Date: 11/28/2009

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