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Sichelgaita De Salerno (b. 1040, d. 16 Apr 1090)Sichelgaita De Salerno (daughter of Guaimar IV De Salerno) was born 1040, and died 16 Apr 1090.She married Robert* Guiscard on 1058, son of Tancred* De Hauteville and Fressenda.
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Sikelgaita (1040-April 16, 1090) was a Lombard princess, the second wife of Robert Guiscard.
She was the daughter of Guaimar IV, prince of Salerno. She married Robert in 1058, after Robert divorced his first wife Alberada due to supposed consanguinity. Her sister had earlier married Robert's half-brother Drogo. They had eight children:
Mafalda of Apulia (1059/1060-1108), married (1) Ramon Berenguer II, Count of Barcelona, (2) Aimeric I, Viscount of Narbonne
Roger Borsa (1060/1061-1111)
Guy, Duke of Amalfi (died 1107)
Robert Scalio (died 1110)
Sibilla of Apulia, married Ebles II, Count of Roucy
Mabillia of Apulia, married William de Grandmesnil
Emma of Apulia, mother of Tancred, Prince of Galilee
Olympias of Apulia, betrothed to Constantine Doukas, son of Michael VII Ducas and Maria Bagrationi, in 1074.
Sikelgaita frequently accompanied Robert on his conquests. Although at first she tried to persuade him not to attack the Byzantine Empire, she accompanied him on his campaign against them as well. At the Battle of Dyrrhachium she fought in full armour, rallying Robert's troops when they were initially repulsed by the Byzantine army. According to the Byzantine chronicler Anna Comnena, she was "like another Pallas, if not a second Athena," and Anna attributes to her a quote from the Iliad.
In 1083 Sikelgaita returned to Italy with Robert to defend Pope Gregory VII against Holy Roman emperor Henry IV. She accompanied him on a second campaign against the Byzantines, during which Robert died on Corfu in 1085 with Sikelgaita at his side. Supposedly, she tried to poison Robert's son by his first wife, Bohemund of Taranto, although the two eventually came to an agreement by which Roger Borsa was allowed to succeed Robert.
Anna Comnena, The Alexiad.
Patricia Skinner, "'Halt! Be Men!': Sikelgaita of Salerno, Gender, and the Norman Conquest of Italy," Gender and History 12:3 (2000).
Peterson-Gouma, Thalia. Anna Komnene and Her Times, 2000
Garland, Lynda. Byzantine Empresses, 1999
Loud, Graham. The Age of Robert Guiscard: Southern Italy and the Norman Conquest, 2000
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More About Sichelgaita De Salerno and Robert* Guiscard:
Children of Sichelgaita De Salerno and Robert* Guiscard are:
- +Mafalda* De Apulia, b. 1059, d. 1108.