The Hautevilles is a campaign in Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition - Lords of the West. It is based on the exploits of the Hauteville dynasty (Italian: Altavilla), a Norman royal dynasty who rose to prominence after conquering southern Italy and establishing the Kingdom of Sicily as one of the most tolerant and progressive states in Europe at the time, as well as their participation in the First Crusade. The Hautevilles ruled until the late 12th century, after which the Kingdom of Sicily fell into the Germanic Hohenstaufen rule.
|“||Robert de Hauteville left Normandy in 1047 CE with a small robber band. Within a century, members of his family became dukes in Italy, princes in the Holy Land, and even kings of Sicily. Join these intrepid Norman adventurers as they fuse three cultures into Europe’s most tolerant and sophisticated kingdom.||”|
|—In-game campaign description|
- This campaign is narrated by an unnamed Sicilian who works as the tutor of young Frederick Roger II, who was King of Sicily from 1198, King of Germany from 1212, King of Italy and Holy Roman Emperor from 1220 and King of Jerusalem from 1225.
- The last scenario alludes to the name as Frederick II was known at the time of his death stupor mundi, the Wonder of the World.
- Cannon Galleons are unavailable through the whole campaign (mentioned by the Hints of the second scenario Roger in Sicily), except for some enemies in the last scenario of the campaign in case the player builds a Wonder.