Famous kings durring medieval times by Tyler Giacopelli

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William the Conqueror

William the Conqueror was born in 1087 in Normandy. He was the

illegitimate son of Robert I and Arletta, a tanner's daughter.

In 1066 the army from Normandy, led by Duke William, attacked

England again. Harold Godwinson was the King of England at this time.

Duke William arrived in England on October 14, 1066. On his ship he

brought horses, supplies, and a prefabricated castle. The English met the

Norse army at Hastings, on the southern coast of England. Duke William

won the battle.

After the Battle of Hastings, William and his army went north

through England. They met a lot of resistance on the way and William built

a castle wherever he encountered resistance. He reached London, his

final goal. The city fell quickly. William built his biggest castle in London.

It is called the Tower of London. He was crowned King of England in

December, 1066 in Westminster Abbey.

King William left England and returned to Normandy. He ruled

England from there, but by 1086 he began a survey of his wealth in

England. The survey book was called the Domesday Book and it counted

the number of people, farm animals, and agricultural implements under his


One interesting fact about King William is that he invented

beheading as a punishment. He used it to punish people for political


Ultimately, after all the fighting, King William made England a

peaceful place. Finally, it was possible to travel through the country

without fear of being attacked.

Charles the Great

In 742 Charles the Great, also called Charlemagne, was born.

When his father, Pepin the Short, died in 768, Charles and his brother

Carloman, split the land their father controlled. Three years later his

brother died and Charlemagne became the ruler of his brother's land...