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  • Born between 1027 and 1028 - Falise Castle, Falaise, Normandy, France
  • Deceased 9 September 1087 - Priory, St. Gervais, near Rouen
  • Buried in 1087 - Abbey, St. Stephen's, Caen, Normandy, France

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event:Title[between 22 JUN 1035 and 1066]7th Duke of Normandy(source: BBC History - http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/)(source: Lundy, Darryl: compiler - Peerage, The - Peerage, The: Lundy, Darryl: compiler - thePeerage.com - A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe.
Darryl Lundy,currently residing at: 41 Woodland Street, Sherborn, MA 01770, USA 2007)

event:Crowned[25 december 1066]Abbey, Westminster, London, England(source: BBC History - http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/)

event:Title[between 25 DEC 1066 and 1087]King of England(source: BBC History - http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/)

death cause: From wounds received while fighting

_MILT: Battle of Hastings, Sussex, England[14 october 1066](source: Lundy, Darryl: compiler - Peerage, The - Peerage, The: Lundy, Darryl: compiler - thePeerage.com - A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe.
Darryl Lundy,currently residing at: 41 Woodland Street, Sherborn, MA 01770, USA 2007)

_MILT: Siege of Mantes[september 1087](source: Lundy, Darryl: compiler - Peerage, The - Peerage, The: Lundy, Darryl: compiler - thePeerage.com - A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe.
Darryl Lundy,currently residing at: 41 Woodland Street, Sherborn, MA 01770, USA 2007)
William I, William the Conqueror (c.1028 - 1087) After successfully invading England, William the Conqueror changed the course of English history. The illegitimate son of Robert I of Normandy, William became Duke of Normandy on his father's death in 1035. With many in his family eager to profit from his death, his childhood was dangerous: three of his guardians died violently and his tutor was murdered.
In 1042 he began to take more personal control, but his attempts to bring his subjects into line caused problems. From 1046 until 1055 he dealt with a series of baronial rebellions. In 1052, facing rebellions in eastern Normandy, he began conducting negotiations with his cousin Edward the Confessor, King of England. William developed an ambition to become his kinsman's heir, encouraged by Edward, who possibly even promised him the throne in 1051.
In around 1064 Edward sent Harold, Earl of Wessex, on an embassy to Normandy. During this trip Norman writers maintain that he swore to support William's claim to the English throne. Yet when Edward died childless in January 1066, Harold was himself crowned king. Furious, William decided on war. He landed in England on 28th September, establishing a bridgehead near Hastings.
Harold met him from Stamford Bridge, where he had just defeated Harald Hardraade. He arrived at Hastings late on 13th October, his troops tired. Early the next day William attacked. After a poor start, he rallied his troops. Harold's brothers were killed early in the battle; Harold fell towards dusk. On Christmas Day 1066 William was crowned.
The first years of his reign were spent quashing rebellions and securing his borders. He invaded Scotland in 1072 and Wales in 1081 and created special defensive 'marcher' counties along the borders. The kingdom safe, he spent most of his last 15 years in Normandy. He left the government of England to bishops, returning only when absolutely necessary. While in England to face a threatened Danish invasion, in 1086 he ordered a survey to be made of the kingdom: this was to be Domesday Book.
Abroad, William was threatened by an alliance of Philip I of France and William's son, Robert Curthose. In July 1087, while in Mantes, he was mortally wounded. He spent five weeks dying, attended by his younger sons, William Rufus and Henry. Robert was with Philip and William's anger resulted in his splitting his inheritance. In line with custom, Robert received William's French lands and titles, but England went to William Rufus.(source: BBC History - http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/)
Reigned 1066-1087. Duke of Normandy 1035-1087. Invaded England defeated and killed his rival Harold at the Battle of Hastings and became King. The Norman conquest of England was completed by 1072 aided by the establishment of feaudalism under which his followers were granted land in return for pledges of service and loyalty. As King William was noted for his efficient if harsh rule. His administration relied upon Norman and other foreign personnel especially Lanfranc Archbishop of Canterbury. In 1085 started Domesday Book.
Survived his father as Duke of Normandy 1035, conquered Maine 1063. Obtained crown of England by conquest 14 Oct 1066. Crowned at Westminster Abbey by Ealdred, Archbishop of York, 25 Dec 1066. He died at the Priory of St. Gervais, near Rouen and was buried at the Abbey of St. Stephen Caen, which he founded.
Illegitimate son of Robert, Duke of Normandy, he became Duke of Normandy in 1035 and King of England from 1066 to 1087. William visited England in about 1051, when Edward the Confessor may have promised to make him his heir. In 1064 Harold Godwinson, Earl of Wessex, was shipwrecked off Ponthieu in France and taken to William, who made him swear to uphold the Duke's claim to the English throne. In 1066, on hearing that Harold had been crowned king, William invaded England and defeated Harold at the Battle of Hastings. He was crowned in London on Christmas Day, 1066.
Between 1066 claim 1072 William crushed the opposition of the Saxon nobles; he built castles and called in most of the English titles and estates and reassigned them on a feudal basis to his Norman followers. In 1085 he ordered a general survey of lands, their value and their holders that resulted in the Domesday Book.

 Sources

  • Birth:
    - Tomsett, Brian Genealogy - Tomsett, Brian Genealogy Version: 14 Feb 1999
    - Weir, Alison - Britain's Royal Family: A Complete Genealogy - London, U.K.: The Bodley Head, 1999 - 41
  • Spouse:
    - http://www.dcs.hull.ac.uk/cgi-bin/gedlkup/
    - Weir, Alison - Britain's Royal Family: A Complete Genealogy - London, U.K.: The Bodley Head, 1999 - 41
  • Death: BBC History - http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/
  • Burial: Lundy, Darryl: compiler - Peerage, The - Peerage, The: Lundy, Darryl: compiler - thePeerage.com - A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe.
    Darryl Lundy,currently residing at: 41 Woodland Street, Sherborn, MA 01770, USA 2007

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