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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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On to the Attack

On to the Attack

(p.164) Chapter 5 On to the Attack
William the Conqueror

David Bates

Yale University Press

This chapter reveals a remarkable change in political circumstances in northern France and the cultivation of close relations with Pope Alexander II, who would play a major part throughout all the decisive events of the conquests of Maine and England. The years between 1060 and 1066 were presumably for William the period when possibilities that may have been long contemplated became capable of realization. His rule within Normandy became demonstrably more expansive in ways that drew attention to his prestige, piety, and achievements. It is quite possible that William was consciously setting out the case to become a king of the English. There are apparently quiet episodes in this period, yet the broad picture continues to be one of ruthlessness that went significantly beyond contemporary norms.

Keywords:   William's conquests, Henry I, Geoffrey Martel, France, Pope Alexander II, Maine, England

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