William I the Conqueror 1028(?)-1087
William's real name was Guillaume because he was French. He was
a smart and very determined man.
Among other nicknames, William answered
to William the Bastard (Guillaume le Bâtard) and
William of Normandy (Guillaume de Normandie.)
Of course, his favorite nickname was
William the Conqueror (Guillaume le Conquérant.)
Who Ruled France at the Time?
That was the
Capetian family with Henry I
at the time, who was
king of France from 1026 - 1059. Henry's son Philip I ruled
France from 1059 - 1108.
William's father was Robert I of Normandy.
was Herleva, also called Arlette. Herleva was Robert's
concubine, which explains the byname William the Bastard.
When Robert died in 1035, the only heir
was wee William. Thus, William became William II, the new
duke of Normandy.
Later, his mother married again and had
three children from a Viscount Herluin. Hence, William had
two stepbrothers and a stepsister.
One of William's half brothers was
In 1052, William married Matilda.
Matilda was the daughter of Baldwin V of Flanders.
William and Matilda had four sons,
Robert, Richard, William Rufus, and
They also had several daughters. One of them was Adela.
The miracle in William's story simply consists of the fact that he
wasn't killed as a child. William was an illegitimate heir of a
substantial inheritance surrounded by many family members who would
have only benefited from his death.
THE BATTLE OF Val-ès-Dunes
The battle of Val-ès-Dunes, also called the Battle of
Val-aux-Dunes, was fought in 1047 in the neighborhood of
Caen, northern France.