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King William I. (The Conqueror)

Ships of William the Conqueror

William the Conqueror (honorable mention).

William the Conqueror

This is the birthplace of William the Conqueror

Tomb of William the Conqueror in Abbaye-aux-Hommes, in Caen, Normandy. William I, also known as William the Conqueror (Guillaume le Conqu�rant), was the first Norman King of England from Christmas 1066 until his death. He was also Duke of Normandy from 3 July 1035 until his death, under the name William II.

King Henry I (1100 - 1135) Youngest son of William the Conqueror, he succeeded his brother William II. He won the support of the Saxons by granting them a charter and marrying a Saxon princess, Edith, daughter of Malcolm III of Scotland. She was known as Matilda after her marriage, a name more acceptable to the Norman Barons than her Saxon name Edith. Henry's daughter was also called Matilda. He was an able administrator, and established a professional bureaucracy

Robert le Magnifique Duc de Normandie, William the conqueror's father, was the great-great-grandson of Rollo the Ganger, Viking founder of Normandy. He was also a descendent of Charlemagne through his mother, Judith de Bretagne. 28 ggf

The Bayeux Tapestry is an embroidered cloth—not an actual tapestry—nearly 70 metres (230 ft) long, which depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England concerning William, Duke of Normandy, and Harold, Earl of Wessex, later King of England, and culminating in the Battle of Hastings. It is likely that it was commissioned by Bishop Odo, William's half-brother, and made in England—not Bayeux—in the 1070s.