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Married Edith of Scotland, thus linking his descendants to the pre-conquest West Saxon royal line. Famous for having the largest number of bastards of any English King (at over 20, still nothing on [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire Walder Frey]]). Only two legitimate children lived to adulthood, his son and heir dying in the White Ship disaster, whereupon he made his barons swear to serve his daughter, Matilda (Maude).

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Married Edith (aka Matilda) of Scotland, thus linking his descendants to the pre-conquest West Saxon [[UsefulNotes/{{TheHouseOfWessex}} House of Wessex]] royal line.line, as Edith was a granddaughter of Edward the Exile. Famous for having the largest number of bastards of any English King (at over 20, still nothing on [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire Walder Frey]]). Only two legitimate children lived to adulthood, his son and heir dying in the White Ship disaster, whereupon he made his barons swear to serve his daughter, Matilda (Maude).


!!'''Empress Matilda (''de jure'' monarch)'''

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!!'''Empress Matilda of the Holy Roman Empire (''de jure'' monarch)'''


* ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpireII: The Conqueror'' has the Battle of Hastings as a Historical Battle, where you play as William the Conqueror in his conquest to claim the English throne.

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* ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpireII: ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresII: The Conqueror'' has the Battle of Hastings as a Historical Battle, where you play as William the Conqueror in his conquest to claim the English throne.


* ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpire2: The Conqueror'' has the Battle of Hastings as a Historical Battle, where you play as William the Conqueror in his conquest to claim the English throne.

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* ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpire2: ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpireII: The Conqueror'' has the Battle of Hastings as a Historical Battle, where you play as William the Conqueror in his conquest to claim the English throne.


* ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpires2: The Conqueror'' has the Battle of Hastings as a Historical Battle, where you play as William the Conqueror in his conquest to claim the English throne.

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* ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpires2: ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpire2: The Conqueror'' has the Battle of Hastings as a Historical Battle, where you play as William the Conqueror in his conquest to claim the English throne.

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* ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpires2: The Conqueror'' has the Battle of Hastings as a Historical Battle, where you play as William the Conqueror in his conquest to claim the English throne.


->'''Nickname''': ''The Conqueror''

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->'''Nickname''': ''The Conqueror''Conqueror'', ''The Bastard''[[note]]Though never to his face[[/note]]


In January 1066, Harold Godwinson was elected King of England by the Witan (a council of high ranking nobles and religious leaders), following the death of King Edward the Confessor of UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfWessex, who bore no children. The election result failed to meet with the approval of one William, Duke of Normandy, who claimed that Edward, [[ThickerThanWater his first cousin once-removed]], had promised the throne to him several years earlier. In October of that same year, the then-Duke William added the Throne of England to his territories in what came to be known as the Norman Conquest, ending the era of [[UsefulNotes/AngloSaxons Anglo-Saxon]] dominance in that country and beginning a two hundred year period where England was ruled by Frenchmen. 1066 typically marks the Year Zero of 'modern' England: what is now the common starting place in history lessons to start learning about the monarchy, and the point where cultural customs, politics, economics, and the nation's language itself all changed swiftly and dramatically. The Norman dynasty lasted until 1154, where the King more closely identified himself as an Angevin "[[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfPlantagenet Plantagenet]]" monarch.

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In January 1066, Harold Godwinson was elected King of England by the Witan (a council of high ranking nobles and religious leaders), following the death of King Edward the Confessor of UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfWessex, who bore no children. The election result failed to meet with the approval of one William, Duke of Normandy, who claimed that Edward, [[ThickerThanWater his first cousin once-removed]], once-removed]] [[note]] William was a cousin of Edward’s through Edward’s mother Emma, who was William’s great-aunt[[/note]], had promised the throne to him several years earlier. In October of that same year, the then-Duke William added the Throne of England to his territories in what came to be known as the Norman Conquest, ending the era of [[UsefulNotes/AngloSaxons Anglo-Saxon]] dominance in that country and beginning a two hundred year period where England was ruled by Frenchmen. 1066 typically marks the Year Zero of 'modern' England: what is now the common starting place in history lessons to start learning about the monarchy, and the point where cultural customs, politics, economics, and the nation's language itself all changed swiftly and dramatically. The Norman dynasty lasted until 1154, where the King more closely identified himself as an Angevin "[[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfPlantagenet Plantagenet]]" monarch.


In January 1066, Harold Godwinson was elected King of England by the Witan (a council of high ranking nobles and religious leaders), following the death of King Edward the Confessor of UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfWessex, who bore no children. The election result failed to meet with the approval of one William, Duke of Normandy, who claimed that Edward, [[ThickerThanWater his first cousin once-removed]], had promised the throne to him several years earlier. In October of that same year, the then-Duke William added the Throne of England to his territories in what came to be known as the Norman Conquest, ending the era of [[UsefulNotes/AngloSaxons Anglo-Saxon]] dominance in that country and beginning a two hundred year period where England was ruled by Frenchmen (though Normans were actually not very French, or so the English like to tell themselves. The Normans spoke French, were vassals of the French King and were children of French mothers). 1066 typically marks the Year Zero of 'modern' England: what is now the common starting place in history lessons to start learning about the monarchy, and the point where cultural customs, politics, economics, and the nation's language itself all changed swiftly and dramatically. The Norman dynasty lasted until 1154, where the King more closely identified himself as an Angevin "[[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfPlantagenet Plantagenet]]" monarch.

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In January 1066, Harold Godwinson was elected King of England by the Witan (a council of high ranking nobles and religious leaders), following the death of King Edward the Confessor of UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfWessex, who bore no children. The election result failed to meet with the approval of one William, Duke of Normandy, who claimed that Edward, [[ThickerThanWater his first cousin once-removed]], had promised the throne to him several years earlier. In October of that same year, the then-Duke William added the Throne of England to his territories in what came to be known as the Norman Conquest, ending the era of [[UsefulNotes/AngloSaxons Anglo-Saxon]] dominance in that country and beginning a two hundred year period where England was ruled by Frenchmen (though Normans were actually not very French, or so the English like to tell themselves. The Normans spoke French, were vassals of the French King and were children of French mothers).Frenchmen. 1066 typically marks the Year Zero of 'modern' England: what is now the common starting place in history lessons to start learning about the monarchy, and the point where cultural customs, politics, economics, and the nation's language itself all changed swiftly and dramatically. The Norman dynasty lasted until 1154, where the King more closely identified himself as an Angevin "[[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfPlantagenet Plantagenet]]" monarch.

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* Videogame/CrusaderKingsIII also features the House of Normdany, with Fate of England bookmark focusing in particular on the Norman Conquest.


!!'''Empress Matilda / Matilda of England (''de jure'' monarch)'''

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!!'''Empress Matilda / Matilda of England (''de jure'' monarch)'''


!!'''Empress Matilda (''de jure'' monarch)'''

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!!'''Empress Matilda / Matilda of England (''de jure'' monarch)'''


According to [[UnreliableNarrator William's chroniclers]], in 1051, King Edward the Confessor of England visited William. Edward had actually grown up in Normandy, exiled from England after the Throne was seized by the Danish King Canute (Cnut), and had been a bodyguard/regent for William until Canute's death opened a power vacuum and tempted him across the English Channel.

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According to [[UnreliableNarrator William's chroniclers]], in 1051, King Edward the Confessor of England visited William.William, who was his first cousin once-removed. Edward had actually grown up in Normandy, exiled from England after the Throne was seized by the Danish King Canute (Cnut), and had been a bodyguard/regent for William until Canute's death opened a power vacuum and tempted him across the English Channel.


Normandy (Fr. ''Normandie'') is a region of north-west France, given by the French King in the 9th century to a group of [[UsefulNotes/TheVikingAge Viking]] raiders to settle in. It takes its name from these settlers ("North Men" -> "Norman" -> Normandy). The first Duke of Normandy was a man named Rollo, a Norse chieftain who had fought numerous campaigns against the French before finally being decisively defeated in battle in 911. Rollo agreed to be baptized and become a vassal to the French king, and in exchange received the lands that would become the Duchy of Normandy as a fiefdom. Although technically a vassal state of France, by the 11th century it was for all intents and purposes a powerful and autonomous state of its own, with the Duke of Normandy being a respected statesman.

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Normandy (Fr. ''Normandie'') is a region of north-west France, given by the French King in the 9th century to a group of [[UsefulNotes/TheVikingAge Viking]] raiders to settle in. It takes its name from these settlers ("North Men" -> "Norman" -> Normandy). The first Duke of Normandy was a man named Rollo, a Norse chieftain who had fought numerous campaigns against the French before finally being decisively defeated in battle in 911. Rollo agreed to be baptized and become a vassal to the French king, and in exchange received the lands that would become the Duchy of Normandy as a fiefdom. Although technically a vassal state of France, by the 11th century it was for all intents and purposes a powerful and autonomous state of its own, with the Duke of Normandy being a respected statesman.
statesman. Throughout 11th century, the Dukes of Normandy would develop trade, military, and kinship ties with one of their nearest neighbors: the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of England.


In January 1066, Harold Godwinson was elected King of England by the Witan (a council of high ranking nobles and religious leaders), following the death of King Edward the Confessor, who bore no children. The election result failed to meet with the approval of one William, Duke of Normandy, who claimed that Edward, [[ThickerThanWater his first cousin once-removed]], had promised the throne to him several years earlier. In October of that same year, the then-Duke William added the Throne of England to his territories in what came to be known as the Norman Conquest, ending the era of [[UsefulNotes/AngloSaxons Anglo-Saxon]] dominance in that country and beginning a two hundred year period where England was ruled by Frenchmen [[note]]though Normans were actually not very French, or so the English like to tell themselves. The Normans spoke French, were vassals of the French King and were children of French mothers[[/note]] and marking the Year Zero of 'modern' England: what is now the common starting place in history class to start learning about the monarchy, and the point where cultural customs, politics, economics, and the nation's language itself all changed swiftly and dramatically. The Norman dynasty lasted until 1154, where the King more closely identified himself as an Angevin "[[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfPlantagenet Plantagenet]]" monarch.

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In January 1066, Harold Godwinson was elected King of England by the Witan (a council of high ranking nobles and religious leaders), following the death of King Edward the Confessor, Confessor of UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfWessex, who bore no children. The election result failed to meet with the approval of one William, Duke of Normandy, who claimed that Edward, [[ThickerThanWater his first cousin once-removed]], had promised the throne to him several years earlier. In October of that same year, the then-Duke William added the Throne of England to his territories in what came to be known as the Norman Conquest, ending the era of [[UsefulNotes/AngloSaxons Anglo-Saxon]] dominance in that country and beginning a two hundred year period where England was ruled by Frenchmen [[note]]though (though Normans were actually not very French, or so the English like to tell themselves. The Normans spoke French, were vassals of the French King and were children of French mothers[[/note]] and marking mothers). 1066 typically marks the Year Zero of 'modern' England: what is now the common starting place in history class lessons to start learning about the monarchy, and the point where cultural customs, politics, economics, and the nation's language itself all changed swiftly and dramatically. The Norman dynasty lasted until 1154, where the King more closely identified himself as an Angevin "[[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfPlantagenet Plantagenet]]" monarch.

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