This concluding chapter reflects on the life and character of William the Conqueror from a modern perspective, examining the lessons and implications which can be derived from his role in history. It also discusses the challenges faced by those attempting to interpret and put together William's biography from extant historical sources. Furthermore, William's life, the chapter argues, is ultimately a parable on the eternal moral conundrum of the legitimacy of violence used to achieve what its perpetrators believe to be a justifiable end. His contemporaries knew this — and as this chapter shows — the issues that lingered in his lifetime still remain with us to this day.
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