William The Conqueror was the son of the duke of Normandy. He had spent the first 6 years of his life with his mother in Falaise. In 1035 AD his father died and he received the Duchy
William had to learn how to survive at a young age because the Barons constantly rebelled in Normandy during Williams childhood and youth adult years. The barons would not accept a
illegitimate son as their leader so they made plots to kill William. As a result of the barons rebelling Williams guardians were killed. William was then forced to accept Ralph of Wacy as his
guardian and protection. William did not like this because Ralph had been involved in the plot that killed Williams guardians and against William himself.
In 1053 AD William married Matilda of Flanders which was the daughter of Count Baldwin of Flanders. Over the next 16 years William had become a father to 8 kids. His oldest was named
Robert Curthose; His second oldest was named Richard but he died in a hunting accident in 1075 AD; his third oldest was named Cecily; then came William Rufus; then Agatha; then Henry Beauclerk;
then Adela; and finally Harold of Wessex.
Williams power in Normandy was under constant threat. After two french invasions William was finally able to capture Maine. At first the people of Maine were unwilling to accept him
as their leader. But after William set out a attack on Maine people slowly began to accept him as their leader.
In 1064 Williams son Harold of Wessex was on a ship that had shipwrecked on the coast of Ponthieu and was captured by Count Guy of Ponthieu who imprisoned him at Beaurain. William
demanded the release of his son into his care and Count Guy agreed. Then Harold went to Rouen with his father.
Later in life William had become very fat and in 1087 AD William was told that king Philip of France described him as a pregnant woman. William was furious and mounted a attack on
king Philips territory. On August 15, 1087 AD William captured mantes and set fire to the town, soon afterward he fell off his horse and suffered major internal injuries. William was taken to the
priory of St. Gervase close to death. Right before he died he told his son Robert that he should succeed him in Normandy and his other son William Rufus should become king of England. William also
wanted his wealth to be distributed between the poor and the church. William died September 9, 1087 AD.
William had a very savage and insecure childhood but in the end this is what had formed him into the man we all knew before he died. A lot of kids usually have a hard childhood but
towards the end of their life they are very successful and also very well organized. For instance I have always had a hard childhood and I plan to grow up to own my own bakery somewhere because I
learned to cook when I was 5 years old. In order for me to do that I have to be brave and strong like William. So basically what I am trying to say is William had a huge impact on France because he
was strong, brave, and he never gave up. In a way each and every one of us is like William.
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