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.
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