Richard II of Capua: Difference between revisions

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He succeeded to his father's dominions at a very young age and immediately he and his family were thrown out of their city by the capricious Capuans. He was an exile for the next seven years (during which a [[Lombards|Lombard]] named [[Lando IV of Capua|Lando IV]] reigned) until, upon reaching his majority, he requested the aid of his great uncle, the [[count of Sicily]], [[Roger I of Sicily|Roger I]], and his first cousin once removed, the [[duke of Apulia]], [[Roger Borsa]]. The two Rogers came, the former in exchange for the city of [[Naples]] and the latter for Richard's recognition of Apulian suzerainty, in May [[1098]] and [[siege of Capua|besieged Capua]] for forty days. It was an interesting siege, for [[Pope Urban II]], embroiled in a controversy with Count Roger, came down to discuss the legatine power in [[Sicily]] with him and [[Anselm of Aosta]], the [[archbishop of Canterbury]] in self-exile from King [[William II of England]], came to meet the pope. With the aid of Sicilian [[Saracens]], the city fell and the prince was reinstated, Apulian suzerainty acknowledged, and the pope and the count withdrew to [[Salerno]].
The final eight years of his reign were uneventful and he left no heir and was succeeded by his younger brother [[Robert I of Capua|Robert]] when he died (in 1105 or, more probably, 1106). Though he had accepted doing homage to the [[Hauteville family|Hauteville]] duke of Apulia, his successors did not and Capua returned to ''de facto'' independence under them.