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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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Epilogue

Epilogue

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William the Conqueror
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David Bates

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300118759.003.0015

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.

Keywords:   violence, legitimacy of violence, William the Conqueror, William's life, history of violence, human history

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