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Seal of William Duke of Normandy as King of England

King William I. (The Conqueror)

William the Conqueror, Bayeux Tapestry. A transition from Old English to Middle English began with the Norman Conquest of 1066. William the Conqueror (Duke of Normandy and, later, William I of England) invaded the island of Britain from his home base in northern France, and overthrew the Anglo-Saxon rulership of the island nation.

Bayeux Tapestry, depicting Roger de Beaumont with beard, William the Conqueror seated to his left, and Bishop Odo, half-brother of William, to the left of William, blessing the food at the feast table. The Bayeux Tapestry was created in the 11th century to commemorate the invasion of England by William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy, and his victory at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The tapestry is 230 feet long and about 20" wide. It is on permanent display at the museum in Bayeux, France.

Harold II 1066 The last Anglo-Saxon king of England, January to October 1066. He was defeated and killed by William of Normandy (William the Conqueror) at the famous Battle of Hastings.

Duke William of Normandy crossing the English Channel before his invasion of England (1066)

BALDWIN IV COUNT OF FLANDERS 980–1035. He was the son of Arnulf II, Count of Flanders. His mother was Rozala of Lombardy. Baldwin first married Ogive of Luxembourg. He later married Eleanor of Normandy daughter of Richard II of Normandy. His granddaughter, Matilda of Flanders, would go on to marry William the Conqueror starting the line of Anglo-Norman Kings of England. 28th Great Grandfather on Mother's father's side Ancestor, and on Our ancestor's the Flanders, LaRue's, Norton's

William I, the Conqueror as depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry

King William II (reigned 1087-1100). The third son of William I of England. He had powers over Normandy and influence in Scotland. He was less successful in extending control into Wales. William is commonly known as William Rufus, perhaps because of his red-faced appearance.

Robert, Duke of Normandy, nicknamed Curthose for the shortness of his legs

My 26th Great-Grandfather, Henry I, King of England. (c. 1068/1069 – 1 December 1135) the fourth son of William I of England. He succeeded his elder brother William II as King of England in 1100 and defeated his eldest brother, Robert Curthose, to become Duke of Normandy in 1106. A later tradition called him Beauclerc for his scholarly interests.