Odo (Bishop of Bayeux)

 Born  circa 1035   Born At  
 Died  1097   Buried At  
 Father  Herluin (de Conteville)   Mother  Herleva
Half-brother of the Conqueror

orn in around 1035, Odo was the son of Herleva and Herluin de Conteville, brother of Robert, Count of Mortain. Odo's mother Herleva was the mother of William the Conqueror. Herleva married Herluin after the death of William's father Robert I (Duke of Normandy). Odo was to rule England for William after 1066 when William was in Normandy. Odo was given the bishopric of Bayeux by his brother William, a political move, as Odo was below the required age of 30. In 1067 Odo became William's deputy in England, assisted by William Fitz Osbern, until Osbern's death in 1071. Odo also became the Earl of Kent and his wealth and land became considerable.

Bayeux Tapestry

Odo commissioned the Bayeux Tapestry which was first shown at the dedication of his new cathedral on July 14th, 1077. The Tapestry shows the three brothers, William, Odo and Robert before the battle of Hastings and Odo is talking while William is listening possibly showing Odo as the architect of the battle plans.


Odo was imprisoned by William in 1083. Odo was planning to become the Pope. He had bought a palace in Rome and had bribed several Romans, recruiting many knights to fight his cause. William intervened as Odo prepared to leave England and brought Odo before a council. The council was slow to convict Odo and so William had Odo taken to Rouen and imprisoned there. Odo was released on the death of William in 1087 and attended the funeral.

Family Tree Details
Father: Herluin (de Conteville)
Mother: Herleva
Odo (Bishop of Bayeux) (b.1035 - d.1097)

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Family Tree Details

Father: Herluin (de Conteville)
Mother: Herleva


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1067   32yrsOdo becomes William's deputy
 Odo,the Bishop or Bayeux, became William the Conqueror's deputy in England and was assisted by William Fitz Osbern until Osbern's death in 1071. Odo also became the Earl of Kent and his wealth and land became considerable. 
1070   35yrsLanfranc becomes Archbishop of Canterbury
 William the Conqueror placed Lanfranc in the position of Archbishop of Canterbury a move designed to strengthen his hold on the English throne. Thomas of Bayeux, a pupil of Odo (William's brother), was put in the position of Archbishop of York after the death of Ealred who died on September 11, 1069. Archbishop Stigand was imprisoned in Winchester. 
1077 Jul 14  42yrsThe Bayeux Tapestry
 The Bayeux Tapestry is first shown at the dedication of Odo's cathedral. 
1083   48yrsOdo imprisoned
 William imprisoned his half-brother Odo, Bishop of Bayeux. 
1088 Feb  53yrsRevolt against William Rufus
 Many Norman barons held land both in England and Normandy. With two opposing lords, William in England and Robert in Normandy, the barons were finding it difficult to know who to support. A revolt led by Odo sprung up in England with the aim of removing William from the throne. Odo's revolt in Kent and Sussex was supported by barons across the country. Roger Bigod from Norwich and Geoffrey of Coutances and Robert Mowbray from Bristol supported Odo. In Worcestershire Roger de Lacy captured Hereford and attacked Worcester. In the south-east Roger Montgomery at Arundel Robert of Mortain at Pevensey and Gilbert de Clare at Tonbridge also prepared to fight the King. Robert of Belleme, a Norman baron, who was able to bring support from Normandy. Robert also controlled castles in the Welsh Marches where the revolt also took place. 
 Spring  Worcestershire Rebellion put down
 The Worcestershire rebellion led by Robert of Lacy was dealt with quickly by Wulfstan, the Bishop of Worcester, who called on those knights and local landowners still loyal to the King to defend Worcester. Many of the rebels were captured or killed.[1] 
 May  William puts down the revolt
 Odo was accompanied to Rochester Castle by an escort but When they reached the castle the rebels captured the escort and refused to accept William Rufus as their King. Again William called for the people of England to support him against the rebels and together they lay siege to the castle. Odo surrendered when it was agreed that those in the castle would have their lives spared if the they came out. Odo and the rebels were allowed to leave but their lands in England were taken from them. Odo went into exiled in Normandy. 

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