Hello! As you may notice, this post is about William the Conquerer, 1066 and all that!
In this post you will find out about evil Guys, the Battle of Hastings, an exploding king and what happened if you didn’t sign the Domesday Book!
WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU DON’T KNOW WILLIAM THE CONQUERER???!!!!!!!
Anyway, I’m doing these “monarch 101s” because I want to tell history in a fun AND informative way (Not the Horrible Histories “everything was rotten” attitude. Once again, I mean the books are disappointing. However, there’re some HH clips about Will Conq at the end of this post.)
So, William the Conquerer…
He (don’t ask who) was born in 1027 OR 1028. Just seven (or eight) years later, he became Duke of Normandy (a region of France). A guy called Guy (yes, Guy) tried to nab the throne from Will in 1047 but got defeated. Bad Guy! (chortle).
NOTE!!! IMPORTANT BIT COMING UP!!!! In 1051, Edward the Confessor back in England was having a big problem with Harold Godwineson, his brother-in-law. (Harold wanted the throne for himself!) William, Eddie’s best friend, did what friends should do in a crisis and he sent soldiers to help Eddie fight naughty Harold and banish him. Eddie then promised the throne to Will. What a nice guy!
Butttttttttttt, it wasn’t that simple. Harold and Harald the Viking both wanted the throne after Eddie plopped off in 1066 (ring a bell?) So, problems arose, especially when Harold is declared king on 4th of January 1066 and kicks Harald the Viking’s socks off (basically killing him).
William then marched to England with a strong army in Hastings and kicked Harold’s socks off (killing Harold as well). William was then crowned at Westminster (where I’ve been) on Christmas Day.
Just two years after he was crowned, a revolt was started in Northumbria. The revolt was started after a relative of Eddie, Edgar the Eathling, attacked William because Edgar said that he had a stronger claim to the throne. The revolt was crushed but Northumbria was still a problem. So, William attacked villages in north-east England in what was known as “the harrying of the north”. Revolts continued in the 1070’s but after the Revolt of the Earls in 1075, the revolts stopped after they all failed… MISERABLY!
William then went back to Normandy where his eldest son Robert was rebelling. William fought many battles against Robert but got his ankles and butt kicked in 1079. Despite this, after William died, Robert became next Duke of Normandy.
William later returned to England and did a lot of important things, like naming the New Forest, commissioning the Bayeux Tapestry (embroidery!) and introducing the Domesday Book. This is a book where everybody had to reveal what land and livestock they owned, or a big knight would come and kill them. William also brought castles to England.
How he plopped off
William, aged 59 or 60, was attacking the French king because the naughty king stole some of William’s land! William was campaigning against the king but then fell off his horse and his abdomen was crushed. He was dying for several weeks in Normandy before he had a SILLY funeral! Watch the HH video below to find out just HOW silly!