Visual Timeline: William the Conqueror

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1027 CE: Birth of William the Conqueror in Falaise, Normandy.
 
 
1035 CE: William the Conqueror is made Duke of Normandy following his father Robert's death.
 
 
1047 CE: William, Duke of Normandy, defeats Norman rebels at Val-ès-Dunes near Caen.
 
 
1051 CE: William, Duke of Normandy, visits Edward the Confessor who, according to Norman sources, promises William the crown of England.
 
 
1053 CE: William, Duke of Normandy, defeats his own uncle, William of Arques, a rebel baron.
 
 
1054 CE: William, Duke of Normandy, defeats a French army at Mortemer.
 
 
1057 CE: William, Duke of Normandy, defeats a French army led by Henry I at Varaville.
 
 
1057 CE: Edgar Ætheling and his sisters Margaret and Cristina return from exile in Hungary to England.
 
 
1064 CE: Possible visit to Normandy by Harold Godwinson, Earl of Wessex. Norman writers would claim he was captured and held by William the Conqueror until he promised to be the Norman's vassal in England.
 
 
1066 CE: Harold Godwinson is crowned Harold II, king of England, probably in Westminster Abbey.
 
 
1066 CE: William, Duke of Normandy, prepares his invasion fleet to conquer England.
 
 
1066 CE: Battle of Stamford Bridge in which Harold Godwinson (Harold II) defeats an invading army led by Harald Hardrada, king of Norway.
 
 
1066 CE: William the Conqueror's invading army lands at Pevensey in Sussex, southern England.
 
 
1066 CE: The Normans introduce motte and bailey castles to Britain.
 
 
1066 CE: William the Conqueror marches on London, capturing Romney, Dover, Canterbury and Winchester on his circuitous route.
 
 
1066 CE: The Battle of Hastings in which William, Duke of Normandy, defeats King Harold II of England.
 
 
1066 CE: William the Conqueror is crowned William I, king of England, in Westminster Abbey.
 
 
1067 CE - 1079 CE: The Bayeux Tapestry depicting the Norman Conquest of Anglo-Saxon Britain is made.
 
 
1068 CE: Edgar Ætheling and his sisters Margaret and Cristina flee to Scotland.
 
 
1068 CE: Exeter and its Anglo-Saxon rebels surrender to William the Conqueror after an 18-day siege.
 
 
1068 CE: Mathilda, wife of William the Conqueror, is crowned Queen of England in Westminster Abbey.
 
 
1069 CE: Northumbrian Anglo-Saxon rebels sack Durham and York.
 
 
1069 CE: A Viking force led by King Sweyn II of Denmark's brother Asbjorn sacks York.
 
 
1069 CE - 1070 CE: William the Conqueror's 'harrying of the north'.
 
 
1070 CE: William the Conqueror builds a motte and bailey castle at Windsor.
 
 
1070 CE: King Sweyn II of Denmark joins forces with Anglo-Saxon rebels led by Hereward the Wake to threaten East Anglia in England.
 
 
1070 CE: Peterborough Abbey is attacked and looted by Anglo-Saxon rebels led by Hereward the Wake.
 
 
1071 CE: William the Conqueror defeats the last Anglo-Saxon Rebellion at Ely Abbey in East Anglia.
 
 
1072 CE: William the Conqueror launches a land and sea attack on Scotland. Malcolm III of Scotland sues for peace.
 
 
1073 CE: William the Conqueror successfully defends Norman lands against Fulk, Count of Anjou.
 
 
1075 CE: The future William II of England campaigns with success in Wales, subduing the Welsh king Caradog ap Gruffudd.
 
 
1078 CE: William the Conqueror is defeated in battle by his rebel son Robert Curthose during the siege of Gerberoi.
 
1086 CE - 1087 CE: The Domesday Book is compiled in Norman Britain by William the Conqueror.
 
 
1087 CE: Death of William the Conqueror.
 
 
1087 CE: William II of England is crowned in Westminster Abbey.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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