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Re: Robert FitzPicot de Sai: 992 AD
Posted by: v. suzanne sears (ID *****1949) Date: February 11, 2010 at 04:48:11
In Reply to: Robert FitzPicot de Sai: 992 AD by v. suzanne sears of 53

By the way: when the term Fitz was added to a Norman name: it meant "not the legitimate son of"....meaning illegitimate son of .......so Fitz Picot is the illegitimate son of Picot....

This was not odd at all in Normandy:
the Norman style of marriage was one legal wife:
usually for property or political reasons

and any number of concubines:.....men often having a dozen or so.......and obviously numerous offspring......

These sons were always acknowledged.....and taken into the "clan" as full family members: although inheritance issues often caused fights later on: legitimate vs illegitimate.


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