Biography of William "Conqueror" I King England 1028-1087

Timeline

Around 1028 William "Conqueror" I King England 1028-1087 was born illegitimately to Robert "Magnificent" Normandy I Duke Normandy 1000-1035 (27) and Herleva Falaise at Falaise Castle, Falaise, Calvados, Basse Normandie

In 1035 William "Conqueror" I King England 1028-1087 (7) succeeded II Duke Normandy

On 03 Jul 1035 Robert "Magnificent" Normandy I Duke Normandy 1000-1035 (35) died at Nicaea

Battle of Val-ès-Dunes

In 1047 William "Conqueror" I King England 1028-1087 (19), supported by Henry I King France 1008-1060 (38), defeated a rebel army led by William's (19) cousin Guy Ivrea 1025-1069 (22) who opposed William's (19) succession as Duke of Normandy at the Battle of Val-ès-Dunes in Caen, Calvados, Basse Normandie.

Before 1051 William "Conqueror" I King England 1028-1087 (22) and Matilda Flanders Queen Consort England 1031-1083 (19) were married

Around 1051 Robert Curthose Normandy III Duke Normandy 1051-1134 was born to William "Conqueror" I King England 1028-1087 (23) and Matilda Flanders Queen Consort England 1031-1083 (20)

Around 1054 Richard Normandy 1054-1074 was born to William "Conqueror" I King England 1028-1087 (26) and Matilda Flanders Queen Consort England 1031-1083 (23)

Around 1056 William "Rufus" II King England 1056-1100 was born to William "Conqueror" I King England 1028-1087 (28) and Matilda Flanders Queen Consort England 1031-1083 (25)

Around 1056 Cecilia Normandy Abbess Caen 1056-1126 was born to William "Conqueror" I King England 1028-1087 (28) and Matilda Flanders Queen Consort England 1031-1083 (25)

Battle of Varaville

In 1057 at Varaville William "Conqueror" I King England 1028-1087 (29) defeated the army of Henry I King France 1008-1060 (49) and Geoffrey "Martel aka Hammer" Ingelger II Count Anjou -1060 during the Battle of Varaville. Henry and Geoffrey's army were fording the Dives River when the tide came in; only half of the army had crossed. William seized the opportunity and attacked.

In 1057 Constance Normandy Duchess Brittany 1057-1090 was born to William "Conqueror" I King England 1028-1087 (29) and Matilda Flanders Queen Consort England 1031-1083 (26)

Around 1061 Matilda Normandy 1061-1086 was born to William "Conqueror" I King England 1028-1087 (33) and Matilda Flanders Queen Consort England 1031-1083 (30)

Council of Lillebonne

In Jan 1066 William "Conqueror" I King England 1028-1087 (38) convened the Council of Lillebonne at Lillebonne to raise support for his claim to the English throne. The attendees are not known but likely to have included his companions at the subsequent Battle of Hastings including Roger "The Great" Montgomery 1st Earl Shrewsbury -1094 and Odo Mortain Bishop Bayeux -1097.

Battle of Hastings

On 14 Oct 1066 the Norman army led by William "Conqueror" I King England 1028-1087 (38) defeated the English army of Harold II King England 1022-1066 (44) at the Battle of Hastings fought at Senlac Hill, Hastings, East Sussex, Sussex. Aimery Thouars 1024-1094 (42), Ralph de Gael Earl East Anglia 1041-1096 (24), Eustace Flanders II Count Boulogne 1015-1087 (51), William Fitzosbern 1st Earl Hereford 1020-1071 (46), Geoffrey Chateaudun II Count Mortain, III Count Perche -1100, William Warenne 1st Earl Surrey -1088, Raoul Tosny -1102, Robert Beaumont-Roger 1st Earl Leicester, Count Meulan 1040-1118, Hugh Grandesmil 1032-1098 (34), Roger "The Great" Montgomery 1st Earl Shrewsbury -1094 (possibly), Robert Mortain Count Mortain, 1st Earl Cornwall 1031-1090 (35) and Odo Mortain Bishop Bayeux -1097 fought for William.
The brothers Harold II King England 1022-1066 (44), Gyrth Godwinson Earl East Anglia 1032- (34) and Leofwine Godwinson 2nd Earl Kent 1035- (31), and Engenulphe Aigle 1010-1066 (56) were killed.

Coronation of William "The Conqueror"

On 25 Dec 1066 William "Conqueror" I King England 1028-1087 (38) was crowned I King England: Norman at Westminster Abbey.

Around 1067 Adela Normandy Count Blois 1067-1137 was born to William "Conqueror" I King England 1028-1087 (39) and Matilda Flanders Queen Consort England 1031-1083 (36)

Around 1068 Henry "Beauclearc" I King England 1068-1135 was born to William "Conqueror" I King England 1028-1087 (40) and Matilda Flanders Queen Consort England 1031-1083 (37)

In 1075 three Earls joined in rebellion against William "Conqueror" I King England 1028-1087 (47). The three Earls were: Roger de Breteuil Fitzosbern 2nd Earl Hereford -1087, Ralph de Gael Earl East Anglia 1041-1096 (33) and Waltheof Northumbria 1st Earl Northampton, 1st Earl Huntingdon -1076. The ostensible cause of their rebellion was William's (47) refusal to allows the marriage of Emma Fitzosbern Countess East Anglia, daughter of William Fitzosbern 1st Earl Hereford 1020-1071 and Ralph de Gael Earl East Anglia 1041-1096 (33). The marriage went ahead without William's permission.
Roger de Breteuil Fitzosbern 2nd Earl Hereford -1087 forfeit his Earldom and was sentenced to life imprisonment.

In 1083 Matilda Flanders Queen Consort England 1031-1083 (52) died

On Jul 1087 William "Conqueror" I King England 1028-1087 (59) injured at Mantes

On 09 Sep 1087 William "Conqueror" I King England 1028-1087 (59) died at the Priory of St Gervaise, Rouen. He was buried at Abbaye-aux-Hommes, Caen, Calvados, Basse Normandie at a ceremony presided over by Gilbert Arques Bishop Evreux. Henry "Beauclearc" I King England 1068-1135 (19) attended.

Treaty of Alton

After 25 Jul 1101 Henry "Beauclearc" I King England 1068-1135 (33) and Robert Curthose Normandy III Duke Normandy 1051-1134 (50), brothers, both sons of William "Conqueror" I King England 1028-1087, signed the Treaty of Alton at Alton, Hampshire by which Robert Curthose Normandy III Duke Normandy 1051-1134 (50) agreed to renounce his claim to the English throne in exchange for a yearly stipend and other concessions.

Adeliza Normandy -1112 was born to William "Conqueror" I King England 1028-1087 and Matilda Flanders Queen Consort England 1031-1083

Family Trees

Paternal Family Tree: Norman

Descendants Family Trees:

Rollo Normandy Duke Normandy 846-930

William "Conqueror" I King England 1028-1087

Descent

Kings England: Son of William "Conqueror" I King England 1028-1087

Ancestry

Father: Robert "Magnificent" Normandy I Duke Normandy 1000-1035

GrandFather: Richard "Good" Normandy II Duke Normandy 963-1026

Great GrandFather: Richard "Fearless" Normandy I Duke Normandy 932-996

Great x 2 GrandFather: William "Longsword" Normandy I Duke Normandy 893-942

Great x 3 GrandFather: Rollo Normandy Duke Normandy 846-930

Great x 3 GrandMother: Poppa Unknown Duchess Normandy

Great x 2 GrandMother: Sprota Unknown

Great GrandMother: Gunnora Unknown Count Ponthieu

Great x 2 GrandFather: Unknown Unknown

GrandMother: Judith Penthièvre Duchess Normandy 982-1017

Great GrandFather: Conan "Crooked" Penthièvre III Duke Brittany -992

Great x 2 GrandFather: Judicael Berengar Penthièvre I Count Rennes -978

Great x 3 GrandFather: Pascweten Vannes -903

Great GrandMother: Ermengarde-Gerberga Ingelger Duchess Brittany 956-1024

Great x 2 GrandFather: Geoffrey "Greygown" Ingelger 1st Count Anjou 939-987

Great x 3 GrandFather: Fulk "Good" Ingelger 2nd Count Anjou 905-960

Great x 3 GrandMother: Gerberge Unknown Viscountess Anjou

Great x 2 GrandMother: Adele Vermandois Count Anjou 934-982

Great x 3 GrandFather: Robert Vermandois Count Meaux 907-967

Mother: Herleva Falaise

GrandFather: Father of Beatrix and Herleva