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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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Political Consolidation and Personal Loss

Political Consolidation and Personal Loss

(p.423) Chapter 11 Political Consolidation and Personal Loss
William the Conqueror

David Bates

Yale University Press

This chapter details the achievements and shortcomings of the latter phase of William's rule. The period from the last months of 1080 until Matilda's death in 1083 was to be a time of familial and political consolidation on both sides of the Channel. These achievements notwithstanding, some new cracks appeared and there was a lot of underlying uncertainty — such as William's quarrel with and imprisonment of his half-brother Odo; the speculations surrounding the succession to Normandy, Maine, and England; as well as his flagging political relationships. Finally, the chapter illustrates how Matilda's death in particular had made a difference in William, and which thereafter signalled his decline.

Keywords:   Matilda, Odo, successions, political consolidations, William's family, personal loss

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