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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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Cross-Channel Rule

Cross-Channel Rule

(p.373) Chapter 10 Cross-Channel Rule
William the Conqueror

David Bates

Yale University Press

This chapter describes William's activities between the years 1074 and 1080, which was a time of significant developments in the infrastructure and practice of rule in England, as also, to an extent, they were in Normandy. The year 1077 and the final months of 1080 have much of the same aura of magisterial display about them as the year 1074 had had, with 1077 being notable for several spectacular church dedications, including those of the abbey church of Saint-Etienne of Caen and Bayeux cathedral. War, or more often the threat of war, might well have been a frequent presence during this period, but most of the confrontations that occurred were conducted in terms of a kind of point-scoring stasis, with no enemy or potential enemy of William having the resources to do anything likely to bring about major change.

Keywords:   infrastructure, practice of rule, cross-Channel rule, England, Normandy, France, church dedications, wars

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