Domus Rutili History

Domus Rutili family tradition of gifting has a long history which is extremely braided with a land that has witnessed hundreds of years of conquering and domination by populations coming from the northern region of Europe and from the middle east. Since those days gifts were given to show allegiance to and to foster political and religious favours to those in charge. Gifts were also exchanged on the end of a conflict or war, and common valued gifts at the time came in the form of foods to show respect for the power acquired from the new ruler. In 1054 with Goffredo d'Altavilla the state-city  of Conversano was born. This southern Italian land included a vast territory which went from “Turi” to “Alberobello” and “Casamassima” to ‘Brindisi”. In fact, the Normans had invaded southern Italy until the year 1000. From the mid-11th century, with the Norman domination of the southern regions of the Italian peninsula, Conversano assured itself of a true center of power: around 1054 Goffredo d'Altavilla, nephew of Roberto Il Guiscardo, took the title of Cupersani and made out of the town the fulcrum of a very large country, extensively for much of central-southern Puglia, between Bari and Brindisi and up to Lecce and Nerito (Nardò). 

The importance of the “Corte Conversanese” in the noble landscape of those years is well attested by having been housed in the castle for a few months by Duke of Normandy Roberto II, known as “Cortacoscia”, son of King of England, William the Conqueror, who was Passage in Puglia at the end of the first crusade;

In 1054 with Goffredo d'Altavilla the county of Conversano was born. This southern Italian land included a vast territory which went from “Turi” to “Alberobello” and “Casamassima” to ‘Brindisi”. In fact, the Normans had invaded southern Italy until the year 1000.

From the mid-11th century, with the Norman domination of the southern regions of the Italian peninsula, Conversano assured itself of a true center of power: around 1054 Goffredo d'Altavilla, nephew of Roberto Il Guiscardo, took the title of Cupersani and made out of the town the fulcrum of a very large country, extensively for much of central-southern Puglia, between Bari and Brindisi and up to Lecce and Nerito (Nardò). 

On August 24, 1059, Pope Niccolo’, recognized Rutigliano the particular status of “Nullius Diocesis”, meaning a territory without bishop and subject directly to Rome control. He was the archpriest of the church of Santa Maria della Colonna, nominated directly by the Pope, to exercise quasi-bishopric functions. The church was built on a Norman tower called Santa Maria della Colonna on a court blade where still insists the city's historic center. So the most indigenous bloodline of the Rutigliano is the one coming from “Conversano” characterized by the name Benedict dating back to these Benedictine monks. They belonged to a Swabian family and followed the values of “Benedetto DaNorcia” that the Romans in the year 495 called him so, because he "wished the bless of God" Benedictus.

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