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Robert II Of Normandy Robert Curthose Eldest Son

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Robert II Of Normandy Robert Curthose Eldest Son

Robert II of Normandy, or Robert Curthose, c. 1051 -1134. Eldest son of William the Conqueror who succeeded his father as Duke of Normandy in 1087 and unsuccessful claimant to the English throne. Seen here in prison in Cardiff castle after being imprisoned in Devizes Castle in Wiltshire for twenty years after his defeat by Henry I at the Battle of Tinchebray. From Cassell's Illustrated History of England, published 1857

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12th Century Defeat Henry I Imprisoned Prison William The Conqueror Cardiff Castle Duke Of Normandy Eldest Son Robert Curthose Succeeded


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This print captures the essence of Robert II of Normandy, also known as Robert Curthose, a prominent figure in medieval history. Born around 1051 and passing away in 1134, he was the eldest son of William the Conqueror and inherited his father's title as Duke of Normandy in 1087. However, his aspirations to claim the English throne were met with disappointment. In this poignant image, we witness Robert II confined within the walls of Cardiff Castle after enduring two decades of imprisonment at Devizes Castle in Wiltshire. The yearning for freedom is palpable on his face as he contemplates his defeat by Henry I at the Battle of Tinchebray. This archival engraving from Cassell's Illustrated History of England, published in 1857, transports us back to a tumultuous period in European history. The vintage aesthetic adds depth and authenticity to this historical illustration. It serves as a reminder that even those born into power can face adversity and suffer consequences for their ambitions. Ken Welsh's masterful capture allows us to reflect on the complexities and struggles faced by individuals like Robert Curthose during the twelfth century. As we gaze upon this thought-provoking picture print, we are transported through time to bear witness to an extraordinary chapter in human history. Let it serve as a testament not only to one man's journey but also as a window into an era filled with political intrigue and dynastic rivalries that shaped our world today.

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