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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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From Crisis to Triumph

From Crisis to Triumph

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(p.329) Chapter 9 From Crisis to Triumph
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William the Conqueror
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David Bates

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300118759.003.0010

This chapter discusses the events surrounding the last of William's conquests and the consolidation of his empire. Notably, this period characterised profound changes in England, as well as a pervasive sense of illegitimacy to his rule as the balance of power shifted. By late 1073, William had established a position in England and across the British Isles that replicated that of the strongest of his pre-1066 predecessors and he had regained control over Maine. The subsequent period until early 1075 is probably the longest period of sustained peace that he experienced between 1066 and his death and is arguably the high-water mark of his whole career.

Keywords:   William's conquests, William's empire, England, English Church, sustained peace, political consolidations

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