Since the coronations in 1066 of both King Harold and William the Conqueror, coronations of English and British monarchs were held in Westminster Abbey. Henry III was unable to be crowned in London when he first came to the throne because the French prince Louis had taken control of the city, and so the king was crowned in Gloucester Cathedral. However, this coronation was deemed by the Pope to be improper, and a further coronation was held in the Abbey on 17 May 1220. The Archbishop of…
Richard Duke of Bernay Of England 1057-1081* 1ST COUSIN. Parents William the Conqueror and Matilda of Flanders. Between 1069 and 1075 Richard died in a hunting accident in the New Forest. He was taken from the forest and buried at Winchester Cathedral. In a twist of fate, his younger brother, King William Rufus, was himself killed in the New Forest thirty years later.
Cathedral Notre Dame de Coutances - This cathedral rich in history dating back to the 5th century. Invaded by the Normans in the 9th century left the cathedral destroyed, rebuilt in the mid-11th century in Romanesque/Norman style. The consecration was attended by William, Duke of Normandy (later known as the Conqueror), in 1056. A fire in 1210 created today the Gothic cathedral, completed in 1274. The same architect as Notre Dame, in Paris. PHOTO: AMY RALSTON #Catherdal #France #Coutaces
Chepstow is a Norman castle perched high above the banks of the river Wye in Southeast Wales. Construction began at Chepstow in 1067, less than a year after William the Conqueror was crowned King of England.
Glastonbury Abbey was already more than 350 years old when William the Conqueror won the Battle of Hastings and by 1186 was the richest abbey in the realm. King Arthur and Queen Guinevere were said to be buried in a place of honor before the church altar.
Bayeux Cathedral - Bayeux is the home of the Bayeux Tapestry (XI century) , which depicts how William the Conqueror became the first Norman king of England after the Battle of Hastings. This cathedral was the original home of that Tapestry and was consecrated in 1077. BEEN THERE!
Robert, Duke of Normandy. Son of William the Conqueror; was intended to be king after the death of his brother William Rufus but their younger brother Henry I had other ideas! I had no idea he was buried in England
Castle Acre in Norfolk, England was founded by William de Warenne, son of the man who founded Lewes Priory. In 1085, Richard St Clair was a witness to a charter of William de Warenne, a near kinsman to William the Conqueror. The Sinclair DNA study has written a paper about familial connections at Acre - Families like Warenne, Montfort, de Vaux, Pinkeney, Talebot, and of course St Clair.
At age 8, William the Conqueror became the Duke of Normandy. Violence plagued his early reign, but with the help of King Henry I of France, William managed to survive the early years. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, he was crowned King of England. He never spoke English and was illiterate, but he had more influence on the evolution of the English language then anyone before or since.
Domesday Book is a detailed survey of the land held by William the Conqueror and his people, the earliest surviving public record of England. It was compiled in the late 1080's to offer the king an idea of the taxable value of his land.
Dinner William I "the Conqueror"~William was the son of Robert, the 6th Duke of Normandy and his girlfriend Herleva. Robert and Herleva were both between seventeen and twenty years of age when William was born in 1028, and they never did get married. Robert set off on a pilgrimmage to the Holy Land in the autumn of 1034 and he died in early July 1035 at Nicaea in Asia Minor, William was left a six (nearly seven) year old illegitimate child in a cruel mediæval world.
King Stephen (1135 - 1154) A grandson of William the Conqueror, he was elected king in 1135, although he had previously recognized Henry I's daughter Matilda as heiress to the throne. Matilda landed in England in 1139, and civil war disrupted the country with fighting between Stephen and forces loyal to Matilda. Stephen was briefly taken prisoner and Matilda declared Queen until she was defeated at the Battle of Farringdon in 1145. In 1153 Stephen acknowledged Matilda's son, Henry II as…
Haddon Hall was first held in 1087 William Peverel, illegitimate son of William the Conqueror. It lay nearly untouched from the 1500s to 1920, whereupon it was meticulously restored preserving the period authenticity. Haddon Hall lies on the River Wye in Bakewell. image by nancy crisp on flickr
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