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.  

9 comments:

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

: 0 (Thanks for sharing!)

Christine said...

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

stephen Hayes said...

He was also enormously fat.

Pat Hatt said...

Ouch to the hands and feet.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

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

Jen said...

He sounds like a real winner, wow.

Birgit said...

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

Martha said...

Wow. That is pretty brutal!

Fundy Blue said...

I'm glad I live now ~ maybe!