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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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King of the English

King of the English

(p.258) Chapter 7 King of the English
William the Conqueror

David Bates

Yale University Press

This chapter examines a turning point in English history, following William's conquest of England and his coronation. His coronation not only had profound implications for England and the British Isles, but also for the histories of Normandy, France, Scandinavia, and Europe. Those alive on Christmas Day 1066 who speculated on the likely future would have been well aware of all this, but naturally quite unable to see the course that events were going to take. They certainly would not have known they were at the start of a process that can be traced fully, but not comprehensively, through Domesday Book's testimony, namely, the decimation of the fortunes of the native English aristocracy. This chapter thus foregrounds the context within which William conducted his kingship.

Keywords:   English history, William's kingship, Domesday Book, English aristocracy, William's coronation

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