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Civilisation: William of Normandy (1027 – 1087)

William of Normandy, AKA William the bastard, AKA King William I of England was something of a mixed bag as historical figures go. He was greedy and ruthless but also a skilled administrator and commander. He came from ignoble beginnings, the son of a peasant woman whose name even is lost to us and rose to become one of the medieval world’s most powerful rulers. A man of his time he was feared in life and humiliated in death. Go figure! Continue reading

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Edward the confessor (1003 – 1066)

Unable to face Godwin in the field, Edward was forced to capitulate. He kept his throne but only on the condition that his Norman advisors were sent away and Godwin was reinstated, his lands returned to him and the hapless king continued to abide by the will of his subjects, much as his father, Aethelred had been forced to do before him. Continue reading

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