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  • ID: I23867
  • Name: William II "Rufus" King of ENGLAND 1
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1056 in Rouen, Seine-Inferieure, Normandy, France 1
  • Death: 2 AUG 1100 in New Forest, near Lyndhurst, Hampshire, England 1
  • Burial: Winchester, Hampshire, England
  • Event: Ruled 1087-1100 1
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    Strong, outspoken and ruddy (hence his nickname 'Rufus'), William II (reigned 1087-1100) extended his father's policies, taking royal power to the far north of England. Ruthless in his relations with his brother Robert, William extended his grip on the duchy of Normandy under an agreement between the brothers in 1091. (Robert went on crusade in 1096.) William's relations with the Church were not easy; he took over Archbishop Lanfranc's revenues after the latter's death in 1089, kept other bishoprics vacant to make use of their revenues, and had numerous arguments with Lanfranc's popular successor Anselm. William died on 2 August 1100, after being shot by an arrow whilst hunting in the New Forest.


    In 1100 Rufus was shot in the back with an arrow and killed while hunting in the New Forest in Hampshire. The incident was probably an assassination, and Rufus' alleged slayer, Walter Tirel, lord of Poix in Ponthieu, may have been under orders from the king's younger brother, Henry. Henry promptly seized the English throne as King Henry I. [Encyclopaedia Britannica]

    Father: William I "The Conqueror" King of ENGLAND b: 14 OCT 1027 in Falaise, Calvados, Normandy, France
    Mother: Maud (Matilda) of FLANDERS b: 1032 in Flanders, France

    1. Title: Encyclopedia Britannica, Treatise on
      Page: William II
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