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COUNT DE CORBEIL AND MORTAIGN
Section 1, Mauger and His Family; Corbeil
Section 2, Richard the Good, Duke of Normandy; History.
MAUGER de Normandie, COUNT OF CORBEIL, son of
Richard I, surnamed the Fearless, Duke of Normandy, Chapter 5, Section 1,
married Germaine de Corbeil, daughter of Aymon, Count of Corbeil,
and his wife Elizabeth, a near relation of Avoye
the wife of Hugh the Great and sister of the Emperor Otho.
[Mauger was the second son of Richard Duke of Normandy. The
records of Normandy do not disclose what, if any, title he held except
that of de Normandie, although he married the
daughter of Aymon, Count of Corbeil,
and must have been given by his parents an estate of equal importance in
order that the marriage could be brought about. Mauger
is known in history as Count of Corbeil, which
title he obtained in right of his wife. The history of Mauger seems to center around that of Corbeil, which we shall briefly notice, particularly
so far as it relates to our genealogy. The properties that came to his
second son Haymon Dentatus,
will give some indication of the great wealth Mauger
had in his own right.] Children:
1. *21. GUILLAUME,
surnamed WERLAC, Chapter 7, Section 1.
2. Hamon, surnamed Dentatus, Chapter
7, Section 3.
3. Hugh, Bishop of Bayeux, of whom little
is known, and upon whose death the bishopric was given to William d'Ivri, and upon his death William the Conqueror gave
the bishopric to his brother Odo, whom he
afterwards made earl of Kent in England. [Ecclesiastical History of
England & Normandy, by Ordericus Vitalis, vol. 2, page 416.]
series of events which led to Mauger becoming
Count of Corbeil began with the death of his
Grand father. For when Richard the Fearless, father of Mauger was a little child his father died and he was
taken away from Normandy by the King of France under an excuse that the
child was to be educated, but really it was to make him a prisoner and
possibly to kill him. He was placed in the care of a learned and good man
known in history as Osmon the Dane, who took
compassion upon him and, by concealing him in a load of hay, carried him
safely back to Normandy, and placed him in the custody of his powerful
relation Bernard of Senlis, surnamed the Dane.
Thereupon Louis, King of France, with the aid of Hugh the Great, in the
year 945 made war upon the Normans.
Bernard called to his assistance the King of Denmark and King Louis was
defeated. Peace was concluded and Richard secured a further grant of
territory. Osmon then skill-fully arranged a
marriage between the young Duke and Esm6 daughter of Hugh the Great, then
Count of Paris and the most powerful man in France.