Sunday, July 10, 2005

William I, The Conqueror

William I, The Conqueror - Biographical article and links to related information, including the Battle of Hastings, and the ten laws established by William after the Norman conquest.

Many historians consider the Battle of Hastings in 1066 to have been the most significant event in Western history. Others will place it in the top ten. As such, William the Conqueror has to be considered one of most important people in world history.

If King Harold had not had to defeat a Norse invasion at the Battle of Stamford Bridge on September 25, 1066, would he have been stronger and more able to have beaten William? We will never know but the alternate histories that can be spinned off of that one possibility alone...

From the site:

William, the illegitimate son of the Duke of Normandy, spent his first six years with his mother in Falaise and received the duchy of Normandy upon his father's death in 1035. A council consisting of noblemen and William's appointed guardians ruled Normandy but ducal authority waned under the Normans' violent nature and the province was wracked with assassination and revolt for twelve years. In 1047, William reasserted himself in the eastern Norman regions and, with the aid of France's King Henry I, crushed the rebelling barons. He spent the next several years consolidating his strength on the continent through marriage, diplomacy, war and savage intimidation. By 1066, Normandy was in a position of virtual independence from William's feudal lord, Henry I of France and the disputed succession in England offered William an opportunity for invasion.

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