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  • Published: 27 August 2015
  • ISBN: 9780141978567
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook

William II (Penguin Monarchs)

The Red King




William II (1087-1100), or William Rufus, will always be most famous for his death: killed by an arrow while out hunting, perhaps through accident or perhaps murder. But, as John Gillingham makes clear in this elegant book, as the son and successor to William the Conqueror it was William Rufus who had to establish permanent Norman rule. A ruthless, irascible man, he frequently argued acrimoniously with his older brother Robert over their father's inheritance - but he also handed out effective justice, leaving as his legacy one of the most extraordinary of all medieval buildings, Westminster Hall.

  • Pub date: 27 August 2015
  • ISBN: 9780141978567
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook

About the Author

John Gillingham

John Gillingham is Emeritus Professor of History at the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Fellow of the British Academy. His books include Richard I (1999), The English in the Twelfth Century: Imperialism, National Identity and Political Values (2000) and The Angevin Empire (2001).

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