Growing up as a strapping lad in France, Rowland was always looking for a fight. Using great cunning young Rowland came up with a plan to start a war to indulge his more anti-social tendencies: he told Duke William that the Saxons were "naughty." While not much of a plan, it worked for the duke and off they all sailed.
Butchering naughty Saxons was all that he hoped but he was surprised how anxious other Normans were to receive lands and titles in England. Rowland had no use for that, so taking the only thing that impressed him in England, some amazingly light weight wool, he caught the next boat home. The Norman ladies were excited to see at least one of their men come home, and were thrilled by the new light weight wool, which they used to make a tapestry to commemorate the Norman victory at Hastings. Rowland became quite the favorite of the court ladies with his detailed descriptions of the fighting and naughty Saxon intimates.
When the other husbands began returning, he decided that it would be wise to join the duke for a little Sicilian adventuring.