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Norbert was born around 1080 in the town of Xanten on the Dutch-German border. He was a member of the privileged class. His father was the Count of Gennep, and his mother was a cousin of the reigning Holy Roman Emperor, Henry IV.
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Norbert of Xanten, St. Norbert College, biography
Mackin, Benjamin T. O. Praem; McBride, Alfred O. Praem; Bostwick, John O. Praem; and Raue, Jeffrey L., "Norbert of Xanten: 1080-1134" (2000). Archives Publications. 3.