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William the Conqueror
William the Conqueror was the first king of England when he conquered England in 1066 during the Battle of Hastings. He was born in 1028 and died on 9th September 1087. He was also the duke of Normandy from 3rd July 1035 until his death in September 1087.
Did William the Conqueror speak ancient Scandinavian as he was Norse or some form of french?
William the Conqueror spoke french. He and a lot of people in Normandy weren't vikings, they were only descended from norwegian or danish vikings that settled in what came to be Normandy somewhere between a 100 and 200 years earlier. It was Williams great-great-great-great grandfather Rollo (later baptised Robert) that founded the viking municipality that would later become Normandy. So William was more french than Norse, he just had Norse roots. Historians disagree on whether Rollo came from Norway or Denmark. #2: The Normans...
Was William the Conqueror a kind man?
yes Answer No after the battle of hastings he wiped out whole villages of Saxons and the population of England plummeted? Answer no becaus ha started an un provoked attack Answer Yes because he was nice enough to save Harold from a shipwreck and he had many heirs to the throne that could be his successers. He was a blood relation of Edward the confessor and so he must have been a nice man for the throne to be promised to him twice (supposibly) Answer He was a...
Why did Duke William want to become king?
Edward the Confessor was King of England from 1042 to 1066. His reign was somewhat turbulent with various powerful families and groups trying to influence or even control Edward. One of the families, and most powerful, was the Godwins. Depending on the different historians, the Godwins may have exercised a great deal of power over him, and many of them were exiled. Some tried to raise an army and invade England, but for several reasons their efforts failed. Never the less Edward...
How did William gain control of England?
the feudal system ! William gave the land that he took from the peasants and gave it to the people of high authority. The people of high authority still had to work for William. Then those people, who work for the peasant, gave the peasant's the land. ...
What is the role of a duke?
That has varied over time. What time period do you mean, now or the middle ages or something in between? Michael Montagne In the middle ages a duke is a member of the nobility, historically of highest rank below the monarch, and historically controlling a duchy. ...
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Why did Duke William of Normandy want to conquer England?
Because as a king of a large country like England he would be far more wealthy, powerful and important than as just a mere duke, even with Normandy for his duchy. Answer William of Normandy wanted to conquer England because William was the rightful heir to the throne because he was the cousin of King Edward but was denied that posistion and Harold Earl of Wessex became the Eing of England. Answer Harold 11 was the son of Godwin a powerful earl of Edward...
Why did William the Conqueror pretend to be dead?
He pretended to be dead to fool the English. Harold Godwineson's side, hearing that William was dead, would probably of assumed that the Norman side would give up without their leader, so would have sort of relaxed, and would not be expecting William's army to rise again. ...
How many soldiers did William have at the Battle of Hastings?
800-1200 Cavarly 500-800 Archers 2000-2500 Foot soliders William had 2000 foot-soilders and 5000 knights 2000 to 3000 ...
Was William the Conqueror Richard the Lion heart's dad?
No, Richard I's father was King Henry II.
Was William the conqueror a bad king?
William the Conqueror helped Britain in many ways such as the introduction of the Feudal system, but he also started things like the harrying of the North so he was not always good. I think it is up to you to decide, he certainly changed England though. ...
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What was William the Conqueror's surname?
William did not have a surname. People had descriptions after their personal names, but these were not surnames as they changed froim time to time and were not inherited from father to son. Before he became King of England, William was Duke of Normandy, and the "of Normandy" was the nearest to what we would call a surname. ...
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Who was William the Conqueror?
William, Duke of Normandy had been promised the English Throne by King Edward the Confessor but When Edward died the three men wanting to claim the throne didn't know who was to be his successor. Harold was crowned king and was soon faced with two different invasions by people who also claimed his throne. He defeated Harald of Norway at the Battle of Stamford Bridge. William then defeated him at the battle of Hastings. William then became King of England and has...
How did Harold die at the Battle of Hastings?
Harold king of England was shot in the eye by an arrow at the battle of hastings. Answer A Norman archer, shooting high into the air so that the arrows would fall straight to the ground, felled the greatest Saxon leader of all time when an ill-fated arrow struck his eye and he died instantly. Answer There are lots of answers to this question but the most believed one, evidence taken from the Bayeux tapestry, was that he was shot in the eye with an...
How did William of Normandy gain control?
Gain control over England in the end 1.William intended to gain control of England and try to take over the country.He started to build his castles in 1067. The first material was wood,it took 8 days th build each castles, then later on when William thought he had taken control of the local areas well he started to make stone castles. The castles were the center of the town or city and many people came there for protection. 2.William invented the Doomsday Book, this...
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Was William duke of Normandy cruel or kind?
I assume you are asking about the Duke William of Normandy who became William I of England and is remembered as William the Conqueror. What I have read about him seems to indicate he was either cruel or kind, depending on the circumstances. The people who opposed him were treated very harshly, but he did things that were surprising, such as outlawing the slave trade. ...