The Norman succession

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From The English Historical Review:

The Norman succession, 996–1135

By John le Patourel

English Historical Review, Vol.86 (1971)

Introduction: It is well known that as William the Conqueror lay dying in a suburb of Rouen during the early autumn of 1087 he divided his inheritance among his three sons. He ‘allowed’ (as this is generally expressed) his eldest son, Robert Curthose, to have Normandy (Maine is rarely mentioned in this connection, but Robert was already count in title and now became count in substance); he gave England to his second surviving son William Rufus; and to his youngest son Henry Beauclerc he assigned a large sum of money with which Henry might be expected to buy himself a landed estate appropriate to his rank, as in due course he did.

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