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Hawise of Normandy

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Hawise of Normandy (c. 977 – 21 February 1034), Countess of Rennes, Duchess of Brittany. Hawise was the daughter of Richard the Fearless and Gunnora, and sister of Richard II "the Good", Duke of Normandy as well as Robert, Archbishop of Rouen, Count of Evreux. Hawise and her two sisters all formed important dynastic alliances. Emma of Normandy was twice Queen consort of England marrying firstly Æthelred the Unready and secondly Cnut the Great. Maud of Normandy married Odo II, Count of Blois. Hawise was a part of a very important double marriage in that in 996 she married Geoffrey I, Duke of Brittany, while her brother Richard II, Duke of Normandy shortly thereafter married Geoffrey's sister Judith of Brittany. This double alliance between Normandy and Brittany, probably designed to safeguard both families, certainly functioned as such regarding Brittany. In 1008 when Geoffrey died leaving two young sons Alan III and Eudo, Richard stepped in to protect them and played a major role in governing Brittany during their minority. Hawise acted as regent of Brittany during the minority of her son Alan III. In 1010 her regency and the reign of her young son Alan III was seriously challenged  ( Wikipedia article )

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