King William the Conqueror


King of England and Duke of Normandy. He was the son of Robert, Duke of Normandy. In 1066 he invaded England, defeated Harold at Hastings, and was crowned in Westminster Abbey. His reign was marked with instances of great severity, e.g., the cruel Forest Laws and heavy taxation, but he established his government on a firm and lasting basis. He compiled the Domesday Book.



MLA Citation

  • “King William the Conqueror”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 11 November 2019. Web. 26 February 2021. <>