11th Century

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While the modern adoption community is thriving, it may interest you to know that adoption has been around for a very long time. There have been many historical accounts of adoption, and a lot of these historical accounts are about famous, or infamous, people that most everyone has heard of. Because adoption has been around for so long, there have been countless people affected by adoption, just as there are today. One historical person who is believed to be adopted is William the Conqueror. As amazing as that is, take a look at the list below of other historical figures who were touched by adoption, dating all the way back to the eleventh Century.

Hugh of Cluny
Hugh, from a noble Burgundian family, was raised by his great-uncle, Hugh, bishop of Auxerre. He entered the monastery of Cluny aged 14, took his vows a year later, was prior by the age of ... [more]

Michael V Kalaphates
Michael was the son of a caulker and the sister of Emperor Michael IV. About 1035 he was adopted by Zoe, Michael IV's wife, and renamed Caesar. When Michael IV died in 1041 Zoe proclaimed M... [more]

Norwegian Ruling Families
In the Middle Ages fostering was practiced between the great families of Norway, possibly as a means of cementing interfamily alliances or demonstrating reciprocal status relationships. Acc... [more]

William the Conqueror
William was the illegitimate son of Robert, Duke of Normandy, and Herleva, the daughter of a tanner. His father left on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 1034 and died the next year while aw... [more]
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