Well-Known Ones of the Middle Ages
(William the Conqueror , King John , and Joan of Arc)
Memorable Moments of Him
He prepares his fleet for English invasion at River Dives in Normandy (July 1066) . Duke William occupies Hastings, on the South coast of England . He wins the Battle of Hastings in 1066. After he conqueror England and the Anglo-Saxons he changed his name to 'William the Conqueror'
William was of Viking origin. Though he spoke a dialect of French and grew up in Normandy .Illiterate like most nobles of his time , William spoke no English .
He also divided his heritage between his oldest son Robert and William II, establishing England as a separate kingdom again.
He shaped England's feudal system . Helped set up a central tax system for other kings known as 'Doomsday' book.
He cross the English Channel to defeat his enemy Harold during 'Battle of Hastings' , takes ten months to destroy him .The English barons forced John to sign the Great Charter (Magna Carta)
He died after eating peaches , had 5 kids .