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William The Conqueror And His Great Rule

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This quote by William the Conqueror pretty much describes his whole philosophy: “Life yields only to be conqueror. Never accept what can be gained by giving in.” William the Conqueror is best remembered for the fact that he ruled over England and Normandy for many years and had won several battles against several armies. He also is known for the fact that he won the Battle of Hastings against Harold Godwinson after William’s uncle handed the throne to him. William’s career as a leader actually began at an early age. (
William was born in Falaise, France in 1027. William was from Viking origin, and first became duke at age 8. Williams father was Robert I, duke of Normandy and ...view middle of the document...

Edward promised William he would make him his heir. Before Edward died in 1066 he had given his throne to Harold Godwinson, which Harold’s family was actually more powerful than the king himself. Before Harold had been named king, William had told Edward that he would claim the throne after his death and Harold being William’s heir held up Williams claim. William was enraged after Harold’s betrayal, and set out to take back the throne that was rightfully his. (
King Harold had been battling King Harald III Hardraade of Norway at the same time William was moving in to take back his throne. When Harold rallied his forces for an expected attack from William. Tostig Harold’s brother that had been sending his men to attack his brother, decided to make a series of raids instead of going head on into battle against Harold. This decision by Tostig forced the king to leave the English Channel unprotected. On September 25 1066 Tostig and King Harald III joined forces making a huge army. Tostig and King Harald had defeated one of Harold’s armies at the Battle of Fulford on the 20th of September in 1066. Five days later King Harold had defeated and killed both Tostig and King Harald at the Battle of Stamford Bridge. (
After Tostig and King Harald’s deaths William was faced with one last opponent, King Harold and the rest of his army. While Harold and his men were recovering from Stamford Bridge, William brought his men to England and made camp for a few days in a town south of England called Pevensey on September 28th 1066. Harold made a bad move by moving south and not recovering enough men, Williams army added up to about 10,000 and Harold 7,000. The two armies met at Hastings and battled from about 9am to sunset. (
William’s jester was known to be the first to die on the battlefield after teasing and harassing Harold’s men. William’s men used a tactic to fool the enemy as if they were going to surrender and ran away, then turned back around and killed their attackers. Harold died close to the end of the battle. Harold was said to have been shot in...

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