William I the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy, King of England
William, the son of Robert II, Duke of Normandy and Herleve,
daughter of Fulbert of Falaise, was born at Farlaise in Normandy in about 1028.
William the Conqueror from the statue at Falaise
In 1034, at the age of eight, William succeeded to the Duchy when his father, 'The Devil Duke of Normandy', died.
Following the death of the English King,
Edward the Confessor,
his successor Harold II was crowned at
Westminster. But William believed he had been promised the crown and decided to
invade England and take the throne by force. This led to the Battle of Hastings
and the defeat of the Anglo-Saxons.
William I died September 9 1087 at the Priory of St Gervais near Rouen and was buried in the Abbey of St Stephen, Caen. He was succeeded by his son, William Rufus.
Abbaye-aux-Hommes (St Stephen's), Caen, Normandy.