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William the Conqueror$
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David Bates

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780300118759

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300118759.001.0001

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William the Conqueror

David Bates

Yale University Press

This chapter chronicles the events of the Battle of Val-ès-Dunes in 1047. With significant assistance from the French king, Henry I, this battle put William in a position to rule Normandy much more authoritatively than before. Edward the Confessor's election as king of the English in 1041–2 created circumstances that were in due course to shape the whole of William's life and the histories of peoples and nations. However, rather than take Val-ès-Dunes as a simple end of either a process or of a period in William's life, this chapter goes further, by discussing the profound interpretative problems of assessing the significance of the years between 1035 to 1047, both in terms of the development of William's personality and of the ways in which it can be seen as a preparation for the conquest of England.

Keywords:   Val-ès-Dunes, Battle of Val-ès-Dunes, Normandy, Edward the Confessor, William's personality, conquest of England, interpretative problems

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