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Place Guillaume le Conquérant

Guillaume le Conquérant et six ducs de Normandie

William the Conqueror and six dukes of Normandy

c. 1028 - 1087
Duke of Normandy and King of England
(Wikipedia)
Charles and Louis Rochet
Fonderie Saint-Denis
1851/1875

Falaise /  Guillaume le Conquérant et six ducs de Normandie   Falaise /  Guillaume le Conquérant et six ducs de Normandie

Description

Equestrian statue of William the Conqueror holding the standard on a prancing horse.

On the sides of the pedestal are six statues of Dukes of Normandy:

    Right side:
  1. robert le magnifique
    Robert Ier le Magnifique / Robert I the Magnificent (1000-1035), Duke of Normandy, 1027-1035. Second son of Richard II. Father of William the Conqueror by his mistress, Herleva of Falaise (Wikipedia).
  2. richard trois
    Richard III (c. 1001-1027), Duke of Normandy, 1026-1027. Eldest son of Richard II. (Wikipedia).
  3. richard-le-bon
    Richard II l'Irascible ou Richard le Bon / Richard II the Good (d. 1026), Duke of Normandy, 996-1026. Son of Richard I. (Wikipedia).
    Left side
  4. richard-sans-peur
    Richard Ier Sans-Peur / Richard I the Fearless (Fécamp c. 930-996), Duke of Normandy, 942-996. Son of William I. (Wikipedia).
  5. guillaume-longue-épée
    Guillaume Longue-épée / William I Longsword (c. 900-942), count of Rouen, "Duke" of Normandy, 927-942. Son of Rollo. (Wikipedia).
  6. rollon
    Rollon / Rollo (Hrólfr) (c. 846-c. 931). First ruler of the Viking principality now known as Normandy (Wikipedia).

Falaise - Guillaume le Conquérant et six ducs de Normandie
1. Robert I the Magnificent
Falaise - Guillaume le Conquérant et six ducs de Normandie
2. Richard III
Falaise - Guillaume le Conquérant et six ducs de Normandie
3. Richard II the Good
Falaise - Guillaume le Conquérant et six ducs de Normandie
4. Richard I the Fearless
Falaise - Guillaume le Conquérant et six ducs de Normandie
5. William I Longsword
Falaise - Guillaume le Conquérant et six ducs de Normandie
6. Rollo

Inscription(s)

gvillavme
le
conqverant
dvc de normandie
roi d angleterre

ne a falaise
en
mxxvii

ce
monument
a été érigé
par souscription nationale
la statue équestre
le 26 octobre 1851
les statues
des
six ducs de normandie
le 19 septembre 1875

Signed: louis rouchet
(equestrian statue) fondu par St Denis 1851
(statues of the dukes) fdu par thiebaut & fils

Annotation

Unveiled 26 October 1851.

Falaise - Guillaume le Conquérant et six ducs de Normandie Falaise - Guillaume le Conquérant et six ducs de Normandie

The equestrian statue of Archduke Carl of Austria of 1860 is probably inspired by this statue.

Sculptor

Sources & Information

Tags

  • Equestrian statue
  • Monarch
  • Richard I of Normandy
  • Richard II of Normandy
  • Richard III of Normandy
  • Robert I of Normandy
  • Rochet, Charles and Louis
  • Rollo
  • Saint-Denis, Fonderie
  • Statue
  • William I Longsword of Normandy
  • William the Conqueror
  • Location N 48°53'38" W 0°12'6"

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