"Robert Bertram, who was crooked, but was very strong on horseback, had
with him a great force, and many men fell before him." Wace designates
Robert Bertram le Tort, as "Robert Bertram ki esteit torz" (l. 13634).
Robert was lord of Briquebec, near Valognes, Normandy, which barony consisted
of forty knights' fees. He was descended from Anslac de Bastembourg, very renowned
in Normandy, whose son Torstin witnessed a charter in favour of St-Denis in
968, and was a benefactor to Fontenelles in 960. William his son, surnamed Bertram,
was living in 1012 and was the father of Robert Bertram, baron of Briquebec,
living in 1066. This Robert was surnamed le Tort and was present at Hastings,
where he was accompanied by his younger brother William, who is entered in Domesday.
Robert died before the compilation of that survey having made several donations
on his death-bed in 1082 to the abbey of St-Stephen at Caen. From his son Robert,
descended the barons of Briquebec, the barons of Mitford and Bothal in Northumberland.
Wace (l. 13747) chronicles "de Peleit le filz Bertran," about whom
nothing is known other than the statement that he was a Briton who joined the
army at St-Valery, with sire de Dinan and Raoul de Gace, which indicates that
he was not of the Norman Bertram family.
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