William I Penny

William I (1066-1087)

Classification: House of NORMANDY, NORMAN KINGS.

William I, usually known as William the Conqueror, was born about 1028 in Falaise, France. Son of Robert the Magnificent and an unmarried mother, Herleva, he became Duke of Normandy from 1035.

When William's first cousin once removed, Edward the Confessor, died William invaded England, killing King Harold at the Battle of of Hastings on 14 October 1066 and claimed the throne.

As William I he ruled England well although applying high taxation. The Doomsday Book (The 'Great Survey') in 1085 was really a list of land-holdings to see what taxes needed to be paid.

William died on 9 September 1087, aged about 59, at the Priory of Saint Gervase, Rouen, Duchy of Normandy.

 Obverse Reverse1070 Penny - William I (William the Conqueror)
Mintage: N/A

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