William 2nd Duke of Normandy
- Marriage: Unknown
- Died: 943
Other names for William were the Long Sword and Longue-Epe.
Extract from "Biographia Britannica: Vol. 4" by W. Innys (1757)
Rollo, the Norman, was invested with the Duchy of Normandy by Charles the Simple, who then wore the Crown of France, from whom, at the same time, he received his daughter Gisela, or as our historians commonly call her, Giletta, as his consort. She was, however, properly speaking, no more than a wife of honour; and whereas the current of historians say, that Rollo had no issue by her, but that after her decease he married a second wife; the true state of the matter is this, that he never consummated the marriage with the king of France's daughter, who survived him, but by another lady, Popa, daughter to the count de Baieux, whom he had taken many years before in a predatory expedition, he had a son Guillaume Longue-Epé, that is William with the long sword, his successor, and a daughter Girlotta, who espoused the duke of Guyenne, or Aquitaine. William succeeded his father, anno dom. 912. He was in all respects one of the most accomplished and virtuous princes of his time, which, however, did not hinder his being most infamously assassinated by the count of Flanders, ano domini 943. He espoused the daughter of Herbert, count of Vermandois, and by her had Richard, further named the Hardy, who though he succeeded to the Duchy a child, yet he governed long, and with great reputation.