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William the Conqueror

Despite numerous attempts, England has not been successfully conquered by a foreign power since William the Conqueror almost a thousand years ago.
  first Norman to be King of England after winning the battle of Hastings in 1066 (1027-1087)
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William the Conqueror William of Normandy
William the Conqueror was the duke of Normandy (now northern France) prior to becoming King of England. He introduced many Norman customs into England.
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  • Despite numerous attempts, England has not been successfully conquered by a foreign power since William the Conqueror almost a thousand years ago.
  • ’Perhaps it doesn’t understand English,’ thought Alice; ’I daresay it’s a French mouse, come over with William the Conqueror.’
    Lewis Carroll  --  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  • From William the Conqueror to Henry the Third, they indulged in warfare seasonally.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • The book tells me all about King Alfred and William the Conqueror and all the kings and queens down to Edward, who had to wait forever for his mother, Victoria, to die before he could be king.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes

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  • Since hosting the coronation of William the Conqueror on Christmas Day in 1066, the dazzling sanctuary has witnessed an endless procession of royal ceremonies and affairs of state—from the canonization of Edward the Confessor, to the marriage of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, to the funerals of Henry V, Queen Elizabeth I, and Lady Diana.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • …of the pies in the wash-pan—afraid the solder would melt; but Uncle Silas he had a noble brass warming-pan which he thought considerable of, because it belonged to one of his ancesters with a long wooden handle that come over from England with William the Conqueror in the Mayflower or one of them early ships and was hid away up garret with a lot of other old pots and things that was valuable, not on account of being any account, because they warn’t, but on account of them being…
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • A circumstance which greatly tended to enhance the tyranny of the nobility, and the sufferings of the inferior classes, arose from the consequences of the Conquest by Duke William of Normandy.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Stagsway was on the edge of the New Forest, an ancient woods where William the Conqueror once hunted and where his two sons were killed, one prince by a stag and one by an arrow.
    Gloria Whelan  --  Listening for Lions
  • So was Thomas Beckett Archbishop of Canterbury, supported against Henry the Second, by the Pope; the subjection of Ecclesiastiques to the Common-wealth, having been dispensed with by William the Conqueror at his reception, when he took an Oath, not to infringe the liberty of the Church.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • Her high gods were William the Conqueror, Strafford, and Napoleon Buonaparte, as they had appeared in the Lady’s History used at the establishment in which she was educated.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native

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  • …it were by the round arch, almost Egyptian, with the exception of the ceiling; all hieroglyphics, all sacerdotal, all symbolical, more loaded in their ornaments, with lozenges and zigzags, than with flowers, with flowers than with animals, with animals than with men; the work of the architect less than of the bishop; first transformation of art, all impressed with theocratic and military discipline, taking root in the Lower Empire, and stopping with the time of William the Conqueror.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • As to usurpation, no man will be so hardy as to defend it; and that William the Conqueror was an usurper is a fact not to be contradicted.
    Thomas Paine  --  Common Sense
  • And besides, there were the patents of nobility of German counts and barons, Spanish grandees, and English peers, from the worm-eaten instruments signed by William the Conqueror down to the bran-new parchment of the latest lord who has received his honors from the fair hand of Victoria.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Earth’s Holocaust
  • You know Manningham’s story of the burgher’s wife who bade Dick Burbage to her bed after she had seen him in Richard III and how Shakespeare, overhearing, without more ado about nothing, took the cow by the horns and, when Burbage came knocking at the gate, answered from the capon’s blankets: William the conqueror came before Richard III.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Don’t you really know, Durbeyfield, that you are the lineal representative of the ancient and knightly family of the d’Urbervilles, who derive their descent from Sir Pagan d’Urberville, that renowned knight who came from Normandy with William the Conqueror, as appears by Battle Abbey Roll?"
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • William the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much accustomed to usurpation and conquest.
    Lewis Carroll  --  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  • England, since the conquest, hath known some few good monarchs, but groaned beneath a much larger number of bad ones; yet no man in his senses can say that their claim under William the Conqueror is a very honourable one.
    Thomas Paine  --  Common Sense
  • And the agitated old fellow went off into a long string of Gallic remarks, including the so-called William the Conqueror’s oath of Per Splendorem Dei, and the Pasque Dieu which was the imaginary King Louis the Elevenths idea of a joke.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • The first king of England, of the present line (William the Conqueror) was a Frenchman, and half the Peers of England are descendants from the same country; therefore, by the same method of reasoning, England ought to be governed by France.
    Thomas Paine  --  Common Sense
  • Even that legendary scoundrel William the Conqueror had a second nickname: "the Great Builder."
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • When William the Conqueror subdued England, he gave them law at the point of the sword; and until we consent, that the seat of government, in America, be legally and authoritatively occupied, we shall be in danger of having it filled by some fortunate ruffian, who may treat us in the same manner, and then, where will be our freedom? where our property?
    Thomas Paine  --  Common Sense
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