The Normans in Italy

The two kingdoms of Sicily and Apulia in Southern Italy were created by the famous Norman mercenary family Hauteville (Altavilla), and lasted for nearly 800 years. This family of possibly Viking origins is perhaps the most successful family of mercenary soldiers in history. We have continued our DNA project on the famous Hauteville throughout 2013. If all goes well we’ll be able to reveal new knowledge on the mysterious Tancred d’Hauteville soon.

roberto guiscardo