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William the Conqueror


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  • n. duke of Normandy who led the Norman invasion of England and became the first Norman to be King of England; he defeated Harold II at the battle of Hastings in 1066 and introduced many Norman customs into England (1027-1087)


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  • For a later analogy, consider Duke William of Normandy, better known as William the Conqueror, who was the illegitimate son of the duke by a woman of comparatively low rank, sometimes described as a tanner’s daughter.

    Cadafael, King of Gwynedd

  • In the late eleventh century they fled to the forests of the March from the invaders who routed Rhi Bran y Hud and his loyal Grellen fighters from their home Elfael; William the Conqueror gave their land to Abbot Hugo.

    Tuck-Stephen Lawhead « The Merry Genre Go Round Reviews

  • 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.

    A Wicked Gentleman

  • Page 528, Volume 2 the conquest of England by William the Conqueror and its circumstances, represented on the so-called


  • In the old days we used to begin English history with William the Conqueror; since Freeman wrote his five thick volumes and proved -- not that the Norman Conquest was unimportant -- but that it did not involve a breach of continuity, a new start in national life, the pendulum has swung too much the other way, and the tendency of late years has been to underestimate the importance of the Norman Conquest.

    Mediæval Wales Chiefly in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries: Six Popular Lectures

  • One hears for instance of a castle being built by William the Conqueror in eight days.

    Mediæval Wales Chiefly in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries: Six Popular Lectures

  • Normans under William the Conqueror - Guillaume was his real name - took over what would one day become the U.K.

    Thestar.com - Home Page

  • In London, William the Conqueror put up the White Tower, the foundation of the Tower of London, which was the biggest building in the city since the Romans left.

    The Guardian World News

  • The first fortifications were built by William the Conqueror, and it was added onto bit by bit.

    Dark Roasted Blend

  • Although he proceeds very carefully to calculate the amount of decreased global biomass that would be necessary to lose the carbon sequestering ability that would permit an increase in total CO2 by 320 GtG, the main direct evidence is the Doomsday survey ordered by William the Conqueror in 1086 A.D., which reportedly found “less than 5% of the natural forest cover remaining over lowland regions, and less than 15% across the intire country Rackam, 1980”.

    Michael Mann at UC Santa Cruz « Climate Audit


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