- NAME: William the Conqueror
- OCCUPATION: Military Leader, King
- BIRTH DATE: c. 1028
- DEATH DATE: c. September 09, 1087
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Falaise, Normandy, France
- PLACE OF DEATH: Rouen, France
- AKA: William the Conqueror
- AKA: William I
- Nickname: "The Bastard"
- Nickname: "William the Bastard"
- AKA: King William I
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The policies of William the Conqueror, king of England from 1066 until his death in 1087, may be largely responsible for eventually making Britain the most powerful nation in Europe.
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William, however, retained most of England's institutions and was intensely interested in learning about his new property. He ordered a detailed consensus to be made of the population and property of England—which was compiled in The Domesday Book (now an invaluable source of historical information and still in the Public Record Office in London).
William died on September 9, 1087, in Rouen, France. He had four sons and five daughters, and every monarch of England since has been his direct descendant. Although he never spoke English and was illiterate, he had more influence on the evolution of the English language then anyone before or since—adding a slew of French and Latin words to the English dictionary. The introduction of skilled Norman administrators may be largely responsible for eventually making England the most powerful government in Europe.
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