King William I The Conqueror, 7th Duke of Normandy
- Born: 14 Oct 1024, Falaise Castle, Calais, Calados, Normandy, France
- Marriage: Matilda DE FLANDERS in 1050 in Cathedral Of Notre Dame, D'eu, Normandy, France
- Died: 7 Sep 1087, Hermentruvilleby, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France aged 62
- Buried: Abbey of St. Stephen, Caen, Calvados, France
Another name for William was William The Bastard The Conqueror.
DEATH: Fell from a horse while besieging Nantes, France.
BIRTH: Illegitimate son of Robert of Normandy & Arlette of Conteville .
BIOGRAPHY: William the Conqueror was born the illegitimate son of Robert, Duke of Nomandy, and inherited his father's duchy in 1035 at the age of eight. By 1047 he had established a reputation as a brilliant commander. He never fought a battle he did not win nor did he besiege a castle he did not take. In 1051 he visited Edward the Confessor in England and was promised succession to the English throne. When Harold, Earl of Wessex, succeeded Edward to the throne in January 1066, William felt cheated. He took a Norman Army to England and defeated Harold at the Battle of Hastings and was crowned King of England and was known as "the Conqueror." He subdued the local population by confiscating Anglo-Saxon estates and giving them to his Norman followers. He died in 1087 after falling from his horse while besieging the French City of Nantes.
He was born at Falaise Castle in Normandy. His mother was Arlette of Conteville. He married Matilda of Flanders at the Cathedral of Notre Dame d'Eu, Normandy in 1050 and they had ten children. He was crowned on 25 Dec 1066 at Westminster Abbey. He died at Roune, Romandy at the age of 59/60 on 9 September 1087.
William was accompanied from Normandy by a number of leading Norman nobles and a number of church dignitaries. Among these were his two half-brothers; Odo who was created Earl of Kent and later became Bishop of Bayeux. His close childhood friend William Fitzozbern was with him.
William was about five feet ten inches tall, thick-set, with a rasping voice, a fist that could fell an ox and an eye that could quell the fiercest baron. He was charismatic and demonstrated considerable powers of leadership at an early age. He became a patient, tactful, courageous, devout, ruthless and sometimes cruel king.
Title: Owsley Family Historical Society Newsletter
Publication: Owsley Family Historical Society; published quarterly
William married Matilda DE FLANDERS in 1050 in Cathedral Of Notre Dame, D'eu, Normandy, France. (Matilda DE FLANDERS was born in 1031 in Flanders, France.)