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Short Biography about the life of Tancred de Hauteville
The following biography, short history and interesting facts provide helpful information for history courses and history coursework about the life and history of Tancred de Hauteville a famous Medieval character of historical importance who lived during the Middle Ages:

  • Country of Origin / Nationality: Norman lord from Southern Italy

  • Also Known by the Nickname: "the mirror of knighthood" and the Prince of Galilee
  • Lifetime: 1072-1112
  • Born: He was born in 1072, his exact date of birth is unknown
  • Family connections : He was the son of Marquess Odo and Emma the daughter of Robert Guiscard. He was also the nephew of Bohemond
  • Married: Tancred was married twice to Muriel and Fressenda
  • Children: Tancred had 12 sons and several daughters
  • Occupation and Career: 
    • Tancred took the Cross in 1096
    • In 1097 Tancred defeated the Byzantine army which attacked him as he was crossing the Vardar and Tancred became a bitter enemy of the Greeks
    • Tancred, with Godfrey of Bouillon, gained victory at the Siege of Antioch which had lasted from October 1097 to June 1098
    • Godfrey of Bouillon and Tancred were among the first to mount the ramparts during the capture of Jerusalem
    • In 1100 Tancred assumed the government of the Principality of Antioch when Bohemund was captured by the Turks
  • Died: Tancred died on December 12, 1112, Antioch
  • Accomplishments and Achievements or why Tancred de Hauteville was famous: As a leader of the First Crusade

Tancred de Hauteville
The story and biography of Tancred de Hauteville which contains interesting information, facts & the history about the life of this Medieval person of historical importance. The Normans saw in an expedition against the East an unequalled opportunity for acquiring fame, riches, lands, and power. The Normans were especially stirred by the prospect of adventure and plunder which the crusades opened up. By the end of the 11th century the Normans had established themselves in southern Italy and Sicily. Normandy sent Robert, William the Conqueror's eldest son to the First Crusade. The Normans from Italy and Sicily were led by Bohemond, a son of Robert Guiscard, and his nephew Tancred de Hautville.

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