William the Conqueror was famous for being the first Norman king of England. Also known as "William the Bastard," he became the Duke of Normandy when he was 7 years old. More »

William the Conqueror began life as William the Bastard, the illegitimate son of Robert I, Duke of Normandy. Robert died during his return from a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, leaving the 8-year-old William as his heir. Willi... More »

William the Conqueror of Normandy won the Battle of Hastings in 1066 by having superior numbers of trained cavalry and archers and by staging fake retreats to draw out enemy forces before turning on them. The decisive mo... More »

William the Conqueror began life as William the Bastard, the illegitimate son of Robert I, Duke of Normandy. Robert died during his return from a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, leaving the 8-year-old William as his heir. Willi... More »

William of Normandy believed he should be king of England because his friend and first cousin once removed, Edward the Confessor, who was the childless king of England from 1042 until his death in 1066, promised William ... More »

The first king of England was Egbert, who reigned from 827 to 839. He was the first monarch to create a stable rule over Anglo-Saxon England, some 25 years after he regained his kingdom of Wessex. He controlled the porti... More »

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The Battle of Hastings, fought on October 14, 1066, was important because William the Conqueror's defeat of Anglo-Saxon King Harold II brought about the era of Norman rule in England. On December 25, 1066, shortly after ... More »