chapter  3
Frustrated Masculinity: the Relationship between William the Conqueror and his Eldest Son
ByW.M. Aird
Pages 17

As well as being an early indication of the chivalrous nature of Robert Curthose’s behaviour, the encounter between William I and his eldest son outside the castle at Gerberoi on the eastern frontier of Normandy was the most dramatic of a number of incidents in the stormy relationship which punctuated the later years of the reign of the Conqueror.3 Robert quarrelled with his father between

1077 and 1079, and although they were reconciled by May 1080, a further estrangement occurred in 1083, and following this it is doubtful whether Robert ever saw his father alive again.