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William II “Rufus”, King of England

Male 1060 - 1100  (40 years)


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  • Name William II “Rufus”  
    Suffix King of England 
    Born 1056/60 
    Gender Male 
    Died 2 Aug 1100 
    Notes 
    • “GUILLAUME de Normandie ([1056/60]-killed in the New Forest 2 Aug 1100, bur Winchester Cathedral). William of Malmesbury records that he was the third son of King William I. He left his father's deathbed in Normandy in Sep 1087 to rush to England to claim the throne, succeeding as WILLIAM II “Rufus” King of England, crowned at Westminster Abbey 26 Sep 1087. Florence of Worcester records that King William was crowned "VI Kal Oct" of King William at Westminster Abbey. His reign was characterised by bitter rivalry with his brother Robert in Normandy, even harsher imposition of Norman rule in England than by his father, and growing resentment of his ways among the nobility. Florence of Worcester records the death "IV Non Augug" of King William in the New Forest, killed by an arrow shot by "quodam Franco Waltero cognomento Tirello" [châtelain de Poix et de Pontoise], and his burial "Wintoniam in Veteri Monasterio in ecclesia S Petri". Orderic Vitalis records that he was killed while hunting, maybe murdered, by an arrow shot by Walter Tirel. According to Orderic Vitalis, he "never had a lawful wife but gave himself up insatiably to obscene fornications and repeated adulteries". The necrology of Saint-Nicaise de Meulan records the death "II Non Aug" of "Guillelmus rex Anglorum filius Guillelmi regis".”«s87» [1]
    Person ID I11941  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 1 Aug 2020 

    Father William I “The Conqueror”, Duke of Normandy, King of England,   b. 1027/8, Château de Falaise, Calvados, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Sep 1087, Prioré de Saint-Gervais, Rouen, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Mother Matilda, of Flanders, Queen Consort,   b. Abt 1031,   d. 2 Nov 1083, Caen, Calvados, Lower Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 52 years) 
    Married 1053  Collégiale Notre-Dame-Saint-Laurent, Eu, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F4140  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S87] Foundation for Medieval Genealogy., Foundation for Medieval Genealogy Trustees.