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William I (c.?1028 ? 9 September 1087), also known as William
the Conqueror (Guillaume le Conqu rant), was the first Norman King
of England from 1066 until 1087. He was also Duke of Normandy from
3 July 1035 until his death, under the name William II. Before his
conquest of England, he was known as William the Bastard because of
the illegitimacy of his birth.
William II (French: Guillaume II dAngleterre; c.?1056 ? 2 August
1100), the third son of William I of England, was King of England
from 1087 until 1100, with powers over Normandy, and influence in
Scotland. He was less successful in extending control into Wales.
William is commonly known as William Rufus, perhaps because of his
Henry I (c. 1068/1069 ? 1 December 1135) was the fourth son of
William I of England. He succeeded his elder brother William II as
King of England in 1100 and defeated his eldest brother, Robert
Curthose, to become Duke of Normandy in 1106. A later tradition
called him Beauclerc for his scholarly interests? he could read
Latin and put his learning to effective use? and Lion of Justice
for refinements which he brought about in the royal administration,
which he rendered the most effective in Europe, rationalizing the
itinerant court, and his public espousal of the Anglo-Saxon legal
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Another is, for that men might safely write of others in a tale,
but in maner of a History,4 safely they could not: because, albeit
they should write of men long since dead, and whose posteritie is
cleane worne out; yet some aliue, finding themselues foule in those
vices, which they see obserued, reproued, condemned in others;
their guiltinesse maketh them apt to conceiue, that whatsoeuer the
words are, the finger pointeth onely at them.
...I answered, that I had wrote of certaine of our English
Kings, by way of a briefe description of their liues: but for
historie, I did principally bend, and binde my selfe to the times
wherein I should liue; in which my owne obseruations might somewhat
direct me: but as well in the one as in the other I had at that
time perfected nothing.
...The valley couered, and in some places heaped with dead
bodies of men and horses:22 many not once touched with any weapon,
lay troden to death, or else stifled with dust and sand: many
grieuously wounded, reteined some remainder of life, which they
expressed with cries and groanes: many not mortally hurt, were so
ouerlaid with the slaine, that they were vnable to free themselues:
towards whom it is memorable, what manly both pitie and helpe the
Normans did affoord.
...And yet the King did againe enterprise vpon him, with greater
forces then at any time before: But the Duke entertained his Armies
with so good order and valoure, that the King gained nothing but
losse and dishonour: and the greater his desire was of victorie and
reuenge, the more foule did his foiles and failings appeare; which
so brake both his courage and heart, that with griefe thereof (as
it was conceiued) hee ended his life.
...At such time as Egelred was first ouercharged with warres by
the Danes, he sent his wife Emma, with two sonnes which she had
borne vnto him, Alphred and Edward, into Normandie to her brother;
where they were enterteined with all honourable vsage for many
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