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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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The Shaping of Things to Come

The Shaping of Things to Come

(p.91) Chapter 3 The Shaping of Things to Come
William the Conqueror

David Bates

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the events following the aftermath of the Battle of Val-ès-Dunes. Prestigiously married to Matilda, daughter of Count Baldwin V of Flanders, he became involved in discussions with Edward the Confessor that were later to be at the heart of the justification for the invasion of England in 1066. In addition, William had participated in the establishment of good relations with a series of reforming popes and had also gained his first military victory over a ruler of a great northern French territorial principality. Yet, for all that was to follow from these developments, the event that had the greatest immediate political impact was Count Geoffrey Martel's takeover of the county of Maine in 1051. Probably as a result, by 1053 William was facing the likelihood of the breakdown of good relations with King Henry I and the possibility of fighting a war against him and Geoffrey.

Keywords:   Edward the Confessor, Matilda, reforming popes, Henry I, Geoffrey Martel, military victory, Maine, France

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