09 Aug 2012
William the Conqueror
In the year 1028, a son was born to the unmarried couple Robert I, which was the Duke of Normandy, and his mistress Herleva in Falaise, Normandy. William the Conqueror, despite that he was illegitimately born into a royal life, he gained the name “William the Bastard”. (Barlow) Unfortunately, there are no records of his childhood life before the age of eight. In the year 1035 William’s father went on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, but before Robert started the pilgrimage, he presented William to the nobles demanding their allegiance if anything should happen to him. Robert’s journey there to the Holy City was fulfilling to him, but the journey back wasn’t as gratifying. Robert passed away on his way back home. (Barlow) Shortly afterwards, William was crowned Duke of Normandy at the age of 8 taking the place of his father. There was an uproar concerning William taking the throne and fear was taking over, but with the help of King Henry I of France, William managed to survive those dreadful years. (Bio) William married Matilda in 1053, who was the daughter of Baldwin V, Count of Flanders. They had four sons and four daughters, including Robert, Duke of Normandy, King William II, King Henry I, and Adela, Countess of Blois, mother of King Stephen. (Riley)
During the time of anarchy in Normandy William the Conqueror became a skilled military leader and defeated his enemies without losing a battle uniting his duchy. (Bio) In 1047 a rebellion of nobles occurred and William with the help of King Henry of France became victorious at Val-es-Dunes. This led to the capture of the two strong castles of Alençon and Domfront. William the Conqueror used this in 1054 to make himself the master of the province of Maine and became the most powerful minor of the French Crown. William was always at war. (Riley) The English throne was endangered by Harold Godwinson in 1066. Harold promptly had himself proclaimed as the...