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Old 25-12-2016, 12:16 AM   #153
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Arrow Iam The Conqueror

William as depicted in the Bayeux

during the Battle of Hastings..

William was born in 1027 or 1028 at Falaise, Normandy, most likely towards the end of 1028.. He was the only son of Robert I, Duke of Normandy, son of Richard II, Duke of Normandy..His mother, Herleva, was the daughter of Fulbert of Falaise; Fulbert may have been a tanner or embalmer..Robert became Duke of Normandy on 6 August 1027, succeeding his elder brother Richard III, who had only succeeded to the title the previous year..There are indications that Robert may have been briefly betrothed to a daughter of King Cnut, but no marriage took place..William faced several challenges on becoming duke, including his illegitimate birth and his youth: the evidence indicates that he was either se7en or eight years old at the time..The historian Eleanor Searle speculates that William was raised with the three cousins who later became important in his career.. According to stories that may have legendary elements, an attempt was made to seize William at Valognes, but he escaped under cover of darkness, seeking refuge with King Henry..William's next efforts were against Guy of Burgundy, who retreated to his castle at Brionne, which William besieged..One factor in William's favour was his marriage to Matilda of Flanders, the daughter of Count Baldwin V of Flanders..The marriage was important in bolstering William's status, as Flanders was one of the more powerful French territories, with ties to the French royal house and to the German emperors..In 1051 the childless King Edward of England appears to have chosen William as his successor to the English throne..Whatever Edward's wishes, it was likely that any claim by William would be opposed by Godwin, the Earl of Wessex, a member of the most phowerful family in England..

The Bayeux Tapestry - Se7en Ages of Britain - BBC One ..

Harold was crowned on 6 January 1066 in Edward's new Norman-style Westminster Abbey, although some controversy surrounds who performed the ceremony.. English sources claim that Ealdred, the Archbishop of York..William of Poitiers describes a council called by Duke William, in which the writer gives an account of a great debate that took place between William's nobles and supporters over whether to risk an invasion of England..Throughout the summer, William assembled an army and an invasion fleet in Normandy.. Although the army and fleet were ready by early August, adverse winds kept the ships in Normandy until late September..Harold kept his forces on alert throughout the summer,but with the arrival of the harvest season he disbanded his army on 8 September..The Norman fleet finally set sail two days later, landing in England at Pevensey Bay on 28 September.. William then moved to Hastings, a few miles to the east, where he built a castle as a base of operations..Harold stopped in London, and was there for about a week before marching to Hastings, so it is likely that he spent about a week on his march south, averaging about 27 miles (43 kilometres) per day.. Harold had taken a defensive position at the top of Senlac Hill, about 6 miles from William's castle at Hastings..

The Conspiracy of Claudius Civilis..

The battle began at about 9 am on 14 October and lasted all day, but while a broad outline is known, the exact events are obscured by contradictory accounts in the sources..The English soldiers formed up as a shield wall along the ridge and were at first so effective that William's army was thrown back with heavy casualties..Some of William's Breton troops panicked and fled, and some of the English troops appear to have pursued the fleeing Bretons until they themselves were attacked and destroyed by Norman cavalry..Two further Norman retreats were feigned, to once again draw the English into pursuit and expose them to repeated attack sby the Norman cavalry..The available sources are more confused about events in the afternoon, but it appears that the decisive event was Harold's death, about which differing stories are told..William of Jumièges claimed that Harold was killed by the duke..The Bayeux Tapestry has been claimed to show Harold's death by an arrow to the eye, but that may be a later reworking of the tapestry to conform to 12th-century stories in which Harold was slain by an arrow wound to the head..Harold's body was identified the day after the battle, either through his armour or marks on his body..The English dead, who included some of Harold's brothers and his housecarls, were left on the battlefield..Williams Reign 25 December 1066 9 September 1087... good..That way the whole world will be blind and toothless..It won't be long before they fear my spears more than your whips..I was schooled with a strap right across my back...

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