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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 Making of a Reputation

The Making of a Reputation

(p.127) Chapter 4 The Making of a Reputation
William the Conqueror

David Bates

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the implications of the absence of any record of direct contact between William and Edward the Confessor after the autumn of 1052 until Harold II's visit to Normandy in 1064. It explores the political undercurrents that might have been taking shape during this period and what William's preoccupations might have been as tensions lingered over the succession question in England. The chapter asserts that these years must have been the time when he made the reputation on which the massive support he received in 1066 was founded. Alongside the deaths of the two northern French rulers most obviously capable of restraining him, this period also marked further developments in William's political trajectory which helped to further cement his reputation during the 1060s and beyond.

Keywords:   Edward the Confessor, William's reputation, Henry I, Geoffrey Martel, public support, France

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