Bellême


BELLÊME

Gloucester cathedral, Gloucester, England - To...

Gloucester cathedral, Gloucester, England – Tomb of Robert Curthose, Duke of Normandy — William I’s son made of bog oak (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Medieval lordship in northwestern France, in the border region of Normandy with Maine, ESE of Alençon and northeast of Le Mans.

In the later 11th century it came to the Norman House of Montgomery by marriage.  The notorious Robert of Bellême backed the wrong horse when he supported Robert Curthose, Duke of Normandy, against King Henry I, who later gave Bellême to Rotrou of Perche, husband of one of his bastard daughters.  Thereafter it belonged to Perche.

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