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  • n. the second son of William the Conqueror who succeeded him as King of England (1056-1100)


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  • In the hall is kept what is known as William Rufus's stirrup-iron.

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  • The title character, Rufus Stone, actually comes not from a person, but from an English place name, the stone marking the spot in the New Forest where King William II known as William Rufus was fatally wounded by a hunter's arrow in the year 1100.

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  • Wasn't William Rufus King the first "gay" vice president?

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  • We could also add in William Rufus and Charles I as they are known to have died by violence, 4/40.

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  • Hubert de Vere is set on the Isle of Wight during the reign of King John; The Siege of Pevensey is set during the reign of William Rufus, and Elberta takes place in the aftermath of the Norman Conquest, but it was Edwy and Elgiva, another historical tragedy, that Fanny presented in order to raise money.

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  • William Rufus was not insensible to his merit, nor blind to the importance of gaining his good will; and finding out his anxiety that Hereward should be restored to the land of his fathers, he took, or made an opportunity, by the forfeiture of some rebellious noble, of conferring upon our Varangian

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  • William Rufus, however, had formed a plan of totally extirpating the Foresters, whose implacable hatred, and restless love of freedom, had so often disturbed the quiet of his kingdom, and despised his forest laws.

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  • Speaking of short, William Rufus deVane King miss nancy the shortest serving VP who didn't move up to be president.

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  • Beyond the fields of the farm stretched the gorse-strewn heath of the New Forest, which in turn gave way to the richly wooded acres that had been hunted by the kings of England since before William Rufus the Red, the son of William the Conqueror, lost his life to an ill-aimed arrow.

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  • The previous Archbishop, Anselm's old master Lanfranc, had died four years earlier, but the King, William Rufus, had left the see vacant in order to plunder the archiepiscopal revenues.

    Saint Anselm


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