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William the Conqueror. England's Hitler. He kept himself on the throne by using the art of terror. When some northerners rose up against him he caused citizens to be slaughtered and the lands to be destroyed, reducing the population of the north of England by 50 per cent. I have not heard of such atrocities by any other English ruler against the citizens of England itself.
Book of English heraldry, Arms of the Brittains, the Romanes, William Duke of Normandy, Conquerour of England, the Saxons, the Danes, Walter...
William the Conqueror William was born in around 1028, in Falaise, Normandy. William was duke of Normandy and, as William I, the first Norman king of England. He defeated and killed the last Anglo-Saxon king of England, King Harold II, at the Battle of Hastings. He was known as 'William the Bastard' to his contemporaries.
William I, King of England-There are some written descriptions of a burly and robust appearance, with a guttural voice. He enjoyed excellent health until old age, although he became quite fat in later life. He was strong enough to draw bows that others were unable to pull and had great stamina.Geoffrey Martel described him as without equal as a fighter and as a horseman.
On this day 6th January, 1066 the last Anglo-Saxon King of England Harold II was crowned. He reigned for ten months before he died at the Battle of Hastings, fighting the Norman invaders led by William the Conqueror. Harold was the first of only three Kings of England to have died in battle, the other being Richard I and Richard III
William the Conqueror, King of England (1028-1087)-The descendant of Viking raiders, he had been Duke of Normandy since 1035 under the style William II. After a long struggle to establish his power, by 1060 his hold on Normandy was secure, and he launched the Norman conquest of England in 1066. The rest of his life was marked by struggles to consolidate his hold over England and his continental lands and by difficulties with his eldest son.