English king (1028? 9/9/1087). Born in Falaise, Normandy. Illegitimate son of the Duke of Normandy, he is recognized as heir, but upon receiving the duchy, faces opposition from feudal lords and relatives, who do not accept the entry of a bastard in the family.
In 1046 it faces a revolt of the nobles and, with the help of troops of the king of France, suppresses the insurrection the following year. In 1064 it is again attacked, obtains new victory and returns its expansionist aspirations to the other side of the English Channel.
He has inheritance rights: In the tenth century, when the Vikings dominated England, the Saxon royal family took refuge in Normandy. In exile, Edward the Confessor claims for the right of true king of England. Nine years after taking back the throne in 1042, he appoints William to his successor because he thinks the Normans, who had protected him in exile, are his only friends.
William decides to impose his rights in 1066, after the death of Eduardo. Invade England and defeat the troops of Count Harold, Edward's brother, at the Battle of Hastings.
On December 25 is crowned William I of England. Founder of a new dynasty, he promotes a radical restructuring of the country's political power and society by introducing powerful monarchical feudalism, reforming the church and creating courts for the people. Dies in Rouen, Normandy.