Place du Parvis Notre Dame
(Cathédrale - Façade nord de la nef)
Tancrède de Hauteville et six de ses fils
Tancred of Hauteville and six of his sons
The House of Hauteville was a petty baronial Norman family from the Cotentin which rose to prominence in Europe, Asia, and Africa through its conquests in the Mediterranean, especially southern Italy and Sicily
A series of statues representing the Tancred of Hauteville and six of his twelve sons, was placed at the north façade of the cathedral nave. They financed the first cathedral. The original statues were destroyed during the French revolution, in 1875 new statues were sculpted.
- tancrede? de hauteville - Tancrède de Hauteville / Tancred of Hauteville (c. 980 - c. 1041), Norman petty lord about whom little is known. His historical importance comes entirely from the accomplishments of his sons and later descendants. He was a minor noble near Coutances in the Cotentin.
Sculpted by Armand Le Véel.
- guillaume ... 1040 - Guillaume de Hauteville dit Bras-de-Fer - William Iron Arm (c. 1005 - 1046), Norman adventurer who was the founder of the fortunes of the Hauteville family. One of twelve sons of Tancred of Hauteville, he journeyed to the Mezzogiorno with his younger brother Drogo in the first half of the eleventh century (c.1035), in response to requests for help made by fellow Normans under Rainulf Drengot, count of Aversa
Sculpted by Théodore Coinchon.
- dro ...cor... - Drogon de Hauteville / Drogo of Hauteville (c. 1010 - 1051), the second Count of Apulia and Calabria (1046-51) in southern Italy. Initially he was only the leader of those Normans in the service of Prince Guaimar IV of Salerno, but after 1047 he was a territorial prince owing fealty directly to the Emperor
Sculpted by Victor Vilain.
- onfroy .... 1057 - Onfroi de Hauteville / Humphrey of Hauteville (c. 1010 - 1057), the third Count of Apula and Calabria from 1051 to 1057
Sculpted by Arsène Letelier.
- robert ... - Robert Guiscard de Hauteville (c. 1015 -1085), Norman adventurer conspicuous in the conquest of southern Italy and Sicily. Robert was Count of Apulia and Calabria (1057-1059), and then Duke of Apulia and Calabria and Duke of Sicily (1059-1085). His son Robert II became the first king of Sicily
Sculpted by Alexandre-Victor Lequien, 1874.
- her... mann - Mauger de Hauteville / Mauger of Hauteville (c. 1025 - 1054/64), travelled to the Mezzogiorno with his brother William and his elder half-brother Geoffrey around 1053, count of Capitanate
Sculpted by Mathieu-Meusnier.
- roger ... 1052 - Roger de Hauteville (Roger Ier de Sicile) / Roger I of Sicily (c. 1031 - 1101), called Roger Bosso and The Great Count, was the Norman Count of Sicily from 1071 to 1101
Sculpted by François-Etienne Captier.
- François-Etienne Captier (1840-1902),
- Jacques Antoine-Théodore Coinchon (1814 - 1881),
- Alexandre-Victor Lequien,
- Arsène Letelier (Rouen 1833 - Paris 1880),
- Armand Le Véel (Bricquebec 1821 - Cherbourg 1905),
French sculptor (his bust at the Cherbourg cemetery and relief portrait in Bricquebec).
- Mathieu Roland Meusnier, dit Mathieu-Meusnier (Paris 1824 - Paris 1896),
- Victor Vilain (Paris 1818 - Paris 1899),
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Item Code: frbn076; Photograph: 5 August 2015
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