Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Fact of the Day: William the Bastard

While William the Conqueror won the throne of England by war, he was a bastard by birth. His mother was a meager daughter of a tanner. When a town in modern-day France (he controlled Normandy as Duke) mocked his maternal line, he cut off their hands and feet in revenge.  

8 comments:

  1. Just goes to show that his lineage had nothing to do with his leadership qualities.

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  2. Sounds like he was a bastard in EVERY sense of that word.

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  3. He sounds like a real winner, wow.

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  4. So that's what one does when one is mocked? I think that is slightly overkill

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