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William the Conqueror born 1028, died September 9th, 1087.  Married to Matilda of Flanders in 1053.  Matilda was born in 1032 and died November 2nd, 1083.  Matilda was a seventh generation direct descendant of Alfred the Great and was an eleventh descendant of Charlemagne through her maternal grandfather Robert II of France. Ancestor

William the Conqueror born 1028, died September 9th, 1087. Married to Matilda of Flanders in 1053. Matilda was born in 1032 and died November 2nd, 1083. Matilda was a seventh generation direct descendant of Alfred the Great and was an eleventh descendant of Charlemagne through her maternal grandfather Robert II of France. Ancestor

King Stephen (1135-1154). House of Blois. 1st cousin 25 times removed to Queen Elizabeth II. Reign: 18 yrs, 10 mos, 3 days. Succeeded by 2nd cousin Henry II. Grandson of William the Conqueror; elected king in 1135. Previously recognized Henry I's daughter Matilda as heiress to the throne. Matilda landed in England in 1139, civil war with fighting between Stephen and forces loyal to Matilda. Stephen recognized Matilda's son, Henry, as his own heir in 1153.

King Stephen (1135-1154). House of Blois. 1st cousin 25 times removed to Queen Elizabeth II. Reign: 18 yrs, 10 mos, 3 days. Succeeded by 2nd cousin Henry II. Grandson of William the Conqueror; elected king in 1135. Previously recognized Henry I's daughter Matilda as heiress to the throne. Matilda landed in England in 1139, civil war with fighting between Stephen and forces loyal to Matilda. Stephen recognized Matilda's son, Henry, as his own heir in 1153.

Stephen the Usurper! He was the nephew of Henry I, who had named his daughter, the Empress Matilda, as his heir after his only legitimate son died in the White Ship disaster. Because it was unheard of for a woman to rule England, members of the nobility who had pledged allegiance to Matilda while Henry was alive abruptly ditched her for Stephen after Henry I's death. A civil war that lasted years was the result. Stephen managed to hang onto the throne, fighting Matilda's faction to secure…

Stephen the Usurper! He was the nephew of Henry I, who had named his daughter, the Empress Matilda, as his heir after his only legitimate son died in the White Ship disaster. Because it was unheard of for a woman to rule England, members of the nobility who had pledged allegiance to Matilda while Henry was alive abruptly ditched her for Stephen after Henry I's death. A civil war that lasted years was the result. Stephen managed to hang onto the throne, fighting Matilda's faction to secure…

Adele Of Normandy - 26th Paternal Great Grandmother.  Daughter of Rollo Duke of Normandy and wife of William III, Duke of Aquitaine

Adele Of Normandy - 26th Paternal Great Grandmother. Daughter of Rollo Duke of Normandy and wife of William III, Duke of Aquitaine

William I, usually known as William the Conqueror and sometimes William the Bastard, was the first Norman King of England, reigning from 1066 until his death in 1087.

William I, usually known as William the Conqueror and sometimes William the Bastard, was the first Norman King of England, reigning from 1066 until his death in 1087.

Portrait of William I - William the Conqueror (c1028 - 1087), married Matilda of Flanders c1050, became King of England on 25 Dec. 1066 and reigned until 9 Sept 1087.

Portrait of William I - William the Conqueror (c1028 - 1087), married Matilda of Flanders c1050, became King of England on 25 Dec. 1066 and reigned until 9 Sept 1087.