The Life and Times of William the Conqueror


Author Harkins, Susan Sales
Binding Library Bound
Copyright 2009
Dewey Number 942.021
Dimensions 6.5 x 9.25
Interest Level Middle
Reading Level 6.7
Series Biography From Ancient Civilizations
Series ISBN 9781584156970
Pages 48
Subject Great Britain, Nobility, Normans, William

The Life and Times of William the Conqueror

William, the son of a duke and a peasant, spent his childhood in hiding, raised among the Norman peasantry. Lords owing fealty to him would have murdered himif they had found him. He spent his early adult years fighting rebel lords for his birthright. As Duke of Normandy, he claimed the throne of England after the death of Edward the Confessor, King of England, who William said had promised to name him heir. When England refused him, he built a huge fleet, sailed across the channel, and killed Harold, the newly crowned English king, at the Battle of Hastings. One by one, English towns fell to William and his Norman army as they marched toward London. Cowering in fear, Londoners had no choicethey opened the gates and made William the Conqueror their first Norman king.

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