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He conquered England and they are only 2 to have done so: William the Conqueror the story of an exciting destiny born in Normandy

Only two of them succeeded in conquering England. William of Normandy is the most famous. Born a bastard, threatened by the Norman lords to the point of having to flee in the night, no one imagined such a glorious destiny for this boy born in Falaise in the heart of Normandy and who succeeded in conquering England. He is the ancestor of King Charles III of Great Britain...


Two to have succeeded the exploit: the Roman emperor Claude and the duke of Normandy Guillaume 

It's not complicated, there are only two of them. Two to have conquered England. The emperor Claudius in 43 BC and William the Conqueror. This boy was born around 1027 in Falaise, from the love affairs of his father, Robert the Magnificent, Duke of Normandy, with an honest tanner's daughter, Arlette. Arlette was not married Christianly to Robert, but more Danico, in other words "in the Danish way". Basically, dear Norman friends, your dukes were polygamous for a while. To Robert's credit, 100 years earlier, Rollo, the first Duke of Normandy, was so fervent a Christian that it is said that he sacrificed as much to the Viking gods as he did to mass. In short. At the death of Robert the Magnificent, without an heir from his Christian marriage, William his bastard son considered that he was the duke of Normandy. 

William the conqueror on the Bayeux Tapissery  Photo par Myrabella / Wiki Commons

Contested by his vassals, he was almost assassinated when he was a child.

This is not at all the opinion of his vassals who will do everything to kill him, so much so that he must flee for his life, before reconquering his duchy with arms in hand. Ah, as my uncle Maurice would say, the young people in the past had to work. In short! Having become the master of a powerful duchy, he set out to conquer England, following a succession dispute which gave him more or less the legitimacy to become king of England. 

He believed he was the heir to the throne of England and set out to conquer it.

He left Normandy with a fleet of 600 ships and 7000 men and managed to reach England despite the bad weather (already!) Shortly after, the famous battle of Hastings took place on October 14, 1066. While all seemed lost, and the Normans fled believing him dead, William removed his helmet and shouted "I am here". The Normans regained their heart, surrounded Harold's troops, who died from an arrow in the eye. England is defeated. William, the Conqueror, was crowned King of England in London on December 25, 1066, not far from the site of the Tower of London, which he had built. 

Le siège de Dinan en Bretagne par Guillaume le Conquérant Photo par Myrabella / Wiki Commons

Ancestor of the kings of England and thus of Charles III of Great Britain 

Such an ancestor may explain why his descendants are so unimpressive. His name is Charles III, king of England, Scotland, Ireland etc... Duke of Normandy, the title still exists and is worn by the king on the Channel Islands whose distant ancestor was the sovereign even before ruling England.  

please excuse our translator for the mistakes. He drank a lot of calvados

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Jérôme Prod'homme

Jérôme Prod'homme

Jérôme is "monsieur de France" the author of this site. 

Jérôme Prod'homme

Jérôme Prod'homme

Jérôme is "monsieur de France" the author of this site.