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  • ID: I1808
  • Name: William I "The Conqueror" King Of England
  • Suffix: [King England]
  • Title: [King England]
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 14 OCT 1027 in Falaise, Calvados, Normandy, France 1 2 3 3 3
  • Christening: 1066 Norman Conquest, As An Adult;
  • Death: 9 SEP 1087 in Hermenbraville, Seine-Maritime, France 1 2
  • Burial: UNKNOWN Abbey Of St Step, Caen, Calvados, France 1
  • Event: Naming 1066-1087
  • Note:
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  • Text: 25 OCT 2003
  • Page: 55
  • Text: 3 JAN 2004
    Name Suffix: [King England]
    Ancestral File Number: 8XHZ-SV
    WilliamI, byname WILLIAM The CONQUEROR, or The BASTARD, or WILLIAM of NORMANDY, French GUILLAUME le CONQUÉRANT, or le BÂTARD, or GUILLAUME de NORMANDIE (b. c. 1028,Falaise, Normandy--d. Sept. 9, 1087, Rouen), duke of Normandy (as William II) from 1035 and king of England from 1066, one of the greatest soldiers and rulers of the Middle Ages. He made himself the mightiest feudal lord in France and then changed the course of England's history by his conquest of that country.

    Early years

    William was the elder of two children of Robert I of Normandy and his concubine Herleva, or Arlette, the daughter of a burgher from the town of Falaise. In 1035 Robert died when returning from a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, and William, his only son, whom he had nominated as his heir before his departure, was accepted as duke by the Norman magnates and his feudal overlord, King Henry I of France. William and his friends had to overcome enormous obstacles. His illegitimacy (he was generally known as the Bastard) was a handicap, and he had to survive the collapse of law and order that accompanied his accession as achild.

    Three of William's guardians died violent deaths before he grew up, and his tutor was murdered. His father's kin were of little help; most of them thought that they stood to gain by the boy's death. But his mother managed to protect William through the most dangerous period. These early difficulties probably contributed to his strength of purpose and his dislike of lawlessness and misrule.

    Ruler of Normandy.

    By 1042, when William reached his 15th year, was knighted, and began to play a personal part in the affairs of his duchy, the worst was over. But his attempts to recover rights lost during the anarchy and to bring disobedient vassals and servants to heel inevitably led to trouble. From 1046 until 1055 he dealt with a series of baronial rebellions, mostly led by kinsmen. Occasionally he was in great danger and had to rely on Henry of France for help. In 1047 Henry and William defeated a coalition of Norman rebels at Val-ès-Dunes, southeast of Caen. It was in these years that William learned to fight and rule.

    William soon learned to control his youthful recklessness.He was always ready to take calculated risks on campaign and, most important, to fight a battle. But he was not a chivalrous or flamboyant commander. His plans were simple, his methods direct, and he exploited ruthlessly any advantage gained. If he found himself at a disadvantage, he withdrew immediately. He showed the same
    qualities in his government. He never lost sight of his aim to recover lost ducal rights and revenues, and, although he developed no theory of government or great interest in administrative techniques, he was always prepared to improvise and experiment. He seems to have lived a moral life by the standards of the time, and he acquired an interest in the welfare of the Norman church. He made his half brother, Odo, bishop of Bayeux in 1049 at the age of about 16, and Odo managed to combine the roles of nobleman and prelate in a way that did not greatly shock contemporaries. But William also welcomed foreign monks and scholars to Normandy. Lanfranc of Pavia, a famous master of the liberal arts,who entered the monastery of Bec about 1042, was made abbot of Caen in 1063.

    According to a brief description of William's person by an anonymous author, who borrowed extensively from Einhard's Life of Charlemagne, he was just above average height and had a robust, thick-set body. Though he was always sparing of food and drink, he became fat in later life. He had a rough bass voice and was a good and ready speaker. Writers of the next generation agree that he was exceptionally strong and vigorous. William was an out-of-doors man, a hunter and soldier, fierce and despotic, generally feared; uneducated, he had few graces but was intelligent and shrewd and soon obtained t
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  • Change Date: 14 JAN 2007 at 00:13:57




    Marriage 1 Matilda (Maud) Flanders b: 1032 in Flanders, France
    • Married: ABT 1053 in Eu, Seine-Inferieure, France 9 9 9 10
    Children
    1. Has No Children Matilda Dau Of William Of Normandy
    2. Has No Children Robert II "Curthose" Duke Of Normandy b: ABT 1054 in Normandy, France
    3. Has No Children Adelaide (Adeliza The Nun) Of Normandy b: ABT 1055
    4. Has Children Gundred-Gundrada Of Fleming b: ABT 1055 in Normandy, France
    5. Has No Children Richard England b: ABT 1055 in Normandy, France
    6. Has No Children Cecilia England b: ABT 1055 in Normandy, France
    7. Has No Children Margaret England b: 1059 in Normandy, France
    8. Has No Children William II "Rufus" England b: ABT 1060 in Normandy, France
    9. Has No Children Constance Of Normandy b: 1061 in Normandy, France
    10. Has Children Adela Princess Of England b: ABT 1062 in Normandy, France
    11. Has No Children Agatha England b: ABT 1064 in Normandy, France
    12. Has No Children Anna England b: ABT 1066 in Normandy, France
    13. Has Children Henry I Beauclerc (King of England 1100-1135) b: SEP 1068 in Selby, Yorkshire, England c: 5 AUG 1100 in Selby, Yorkshire, England

    Marriage 2 Maud De Ingelrica b: 1032 in St Martin's Le Grand, London, Middlesex, England
    • Married: NOT MARRIED 10

    Sources:
    1. Title: Mac 14Febxx.FTW
      Abbrev: Mac 14Febxx.FTW
    2. Title: Encyclopedia Britannica, Treatise on
      Abbrev: Encyclopedia Britannica, Treatise on
      Page: William I
    3. Title: Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists, 7th Edition, by FrederickLewis Weis, additions by Walter Lee Shippard Jr., 1999
      Abbrev: Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists, 7th Edition, by FrederickLewis Weis, additions by Walter Lee Shippard Jr., 1999
      Page: 121-24
    4. Title: The Magna Charta Sureties 1215, Frederick Lewis Weis, additions by WalterLee Sheppard Jr, 5th Edition, 1999
      Abbrev: The Magna Charta Sureties 1215, Frederick Lewis Weis, additions by WalterLee Sheppard Jr, 5th Edition, 1999
    5. Title: Burke's Peerage & Baronetage, 106th Edition, Charles MosleyEditor-in-Chief, 1999
      Abbrev: Burke's Peerage & Baronetage, 106th Edition, Charles MosleyEditor-in-Chief, 1999
    6. Title: Encyclopedia Britannica, Treatise on
      Abbrev: Encyclopedia Britannica, Treatise on
    7. Title: GEDCOM File : emsuggs.ged
      Author: Not Given
      Abbrev: GEDCOM File : emsuggs.ged
    8. Title: GEDCOM File : 2746994.ged
      Abbrev: GEDCOM File : 2746994.ged
    9. Title: "Ancestors of John Whitcomb" from GEDCOMs downloaded from AOL on06/21/97, p. 10; "Ancestors of Roger Grenville" prepared from GEDCOMbuell001.zip by Ma
      Abbrev: "Ancestors of John Whitcomb" from GEDCOMs downloaded from AOL on06/21/97, p. 10; "Ancestors of Roger Grenville" prepared from GEDCOMbuell001.zip by Ma
    10. Title: GEDCOM File : 2746994.ged
      Abbrev: GEDCOM File : 2746994.ged
      Page: 55
      Text: 3 JAN 2004
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