Ancestrees
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Richard II "The Good" DUKE OF NORMANDY
(-1026)
Judith DE BRETAGNE
(Abt 0982-)
Fulbert DE FALAISE
(0978-)
DODA
(0980-)
Robert I "The Devil" DUKE OF NORMANDY
(Abt 1008-1035)
Harlette (Herleva) DE FALAISE
(Cir 1012-Abt 1050)
William "The Conqueror" King Of England
(1027-1087)

 

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Matilda (Or Maud) D.Of BALDWIN V

William "The Conqueror" King Of England 1 2 3 4

  • Born: 14 Oct 1027, Failaise, , FRA 5
  • Marriage: Matilda (Or Maud) D.Of BALDWIN V in 1053
  • Died: 9 Sep 1087, Hermenbraville, Rouen, FRA at age 59
  • Buried: Abt 10 Sep 1087, St. Stephen's Abbey, Cain, Normandy 6
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bullet  General Notes:

The mother of William the Conqueror is in discrepancy. It is either Herleve de Falaise, also spelled Harlette and Arlette. However, Usherwood states that she was Duke Robert's mistress, a tanner's daughter. His mother married a Norman nobleman after Robert's death. She helped her son's dukedom be saved by this marriage. William's birth date is also in question, listed as 1024 or 1027.

What is not in question is the greatness of William the Conqueror. He had a bold spirit, orderly mind and tireless energy. He had European fame by the age of 38. He was Duke of Normandy and had inherited Normandy from his father at about age 8. Edward I, King of England, died without heirs and had told William that he would be his successor. On his deathbed in 1066, Edward named Harold his successor. This is when William decided to attack resulting in the famous Battle of Hastings and William's being crowned King of England on Christmas Day of 1066. (C-330) He married his cousin, Matilda, daughter of the Count of Flanders, to whom he was devoted. He died after a full life in Roen after months of internal bleeding from being thrown from his horse. The horse reared when burnt by embers in Mantes, a town he had just captured. (Usherwood, Reign by Reign) 5

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bullet  Noted events in his life were:

birth2 (conflicting), 14 Oct 1024, Failaise, , FRA. 7


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William married Matilda (Or Maud) D.Of BALDWIN V, daughter of Baldwin V, "The Pious" COUNT OF FLANDERS and Adele PRINCESS OF FRANCE, in 1053. (Matilda (Or Maud) D.Of BALDWIN V was born in 1031 in Flanders, , FRA 8 and died in 1083 in Caen, , Basse-Normandie, France.)


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Sources


1 Robert Jesse Harry, The Ancestors and Descendants of Hugh Harry and Elizabeth Brinton.

2 David Piper, Kings and Queens of England and Scotland with copies of pages provided to me by Pat Moran of Texas.

3 United Ancestries Linked Pedigrees CD 100 (Automated Archives).

4 Blazier, Jo Ann, The Howards, From England to the Ohio Valley (c2002).

5 World Book Encyclopedia (World Book, c1988).

6 John Steele Gordon to Gen-Medieval@rootsweb.com E-mail letter dated Dec. 2, 1997 at kaboodle@worldnet.att.net (C-1372).

7 Oakshett, Tricia, Email dated 2000 at tricia.oakshett@libertysurf.co.uk.

8 Wilson, Randy, Ancestors of Edward III & Philippa.

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