William the Conqueror: Interesting Facts and Stories

This “illegitimate son,” the duke of Normandy, forever changed the course of English history. Several genealogical tables are included.

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Rolf or Rollo the Viking

Born in latter half of the 800s and died around 928, he was the Viking leader who became the count of Rouen, capital of Normandy. Some say he was the duke of the Normans. He was the first in the House of Normandy and the great-great-great-grandfather of William the Conqueror.

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Philip II Augustus

Philip, the seventh Capetian, born in 1165, reigned from 1179 to 1223 and was nicknamed Augustus (why?). On a personal note, he had a strange wedding ceremony with the young princess Ingeborg of Denmark (some say it was witchcraft). But politically, he expanded his royal domain to the detriment of the English Plantagenets.

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