William was the illegitimate son of the Duke of Normandy. He became the Duke of Normandy upon his father's death in 1035. William the Conqueror was first Norman King of England from 1066 until his death in 1087. His reign changed the course of England thourghout the Middle Ages. This biography covers the life and accomplishments of William the Conqueror.
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Author Jacob Abbott (1803-1879) is the celebrated author of the "Makers of History" series of historical biographies. His stated goal in writing biographies of historical figures was "to present a clear, distinct, and connected narrative of the lives of those great personages who have in various ages of the world made themselves celebrated as leaders among mankind, and, by the part they have taken in the public affairs of great nations, have exerted the widest influence on the history of the human race."