Essay about Rage to be King: William King of England

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Raging to be king, William would do whatever it took to be the King of England. William would go into war and kill other men to have the superior power. William’s army killed Harold, William’s enemy, so that he would be king. After Harold was dead, this left the throne wide open for William. By the end of his life, William had conquered the thing he wanted most, to be king. In 1035, William became heir due to the death of his father. William was born in around the year of 1028 in Falaise, Normandy. He was the son of Robert I, Duke of Normandy, who died in 1035 (BBC). His mother was a woman called Herleva who was a tanner (“William I”). William hated when people would show disrespect to his mother (Cohen). His uncle was serving as a …show more content…
On January sixth, 1066, they decided that Harold would be the king. Before this all happened, William had knighted Harold for his role in capturing Dina. Harold had agreed to marry William’s daughter, Eadmer. After this took place, William also promised half of the realm of England to Harold. After hearing the news that Harold would be king, William became furious. He was so bent out of shape; he sent a message to Harold reminding him of the oath he took in 1064. Harold declined, and said that it was his duty bound to follow the decisions taken by the Witan (Simkin). Harold had now become the enemy of William. On the twenty-eighth of September 1066, William’s army established a camp near Hastings. The armies of both men met on October 14. It was a close fought battle and it lasted all day. Harold was killed and his army didn’t know what to do (BBC). William had very clever ideas before the battle to help them win the war. William had to get permission from Pope Alexander II. Unlike most cardinals who opposed, Alexander agreed and gave his consent. William visited Tostig, Harold’s brother, who agreed and offered to help. Their armies sailed to England. Sixty ships sailed to the Isle of Wright in 1066. When they got there, they forced them to give them money and provisions. Tostig, during this time, went to get help from his cousin, King Sweyn, and also got help from King Hardrade. Three hundred more ships sailed, but only twenty-five came back

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