William the Conqueror
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The policies of William the Conqueror, king of England, may be largely responsible for eventually making England the most powerful nation in Europe.
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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 in 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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