Person:William II of England (1)

William II "Rufus" _____, of England
m. Bet 1050 and 1052
  1. Robert III "Curthose" _____, Duke of NormandyAbt 1054 - 1134
  2. Richard _____, Duke of BernayAbt 1054 - Bet 1069 & 1075
  3. Cecilia _____, de NormandieAbt 1055 - 1126
  4. Adelisa de NormandieAbt 1055 -
  5. William II "Rufus" _____, of EnglandAbt 1056 - 1100
  6. Constance de NormandieBet 1057 & 1061 - 1090
  7. Matilda de NormandieAbt 1059 - Bef 1112
  8. Agatha of NormandyEst 1064 - Bef 1074
  9. Henry I "Beauclerc" _____, King of England1068 - 1135
  10. Adela of Normandy1167 - 1137
Facts and Events
Name William II "Rufus" _____, of England
Gender Male
Birth[1] Abt 1056 Normandie, FranceHouse of Normandy
Death[1][2] 2 Aug 1100 New Forest, Hampshire, EnglandKilled by an arrow in the New Forest shot by Walter Tirel
Burial[1][2] Winchester Cathedral, Winchester, Hampshire, England
Reference Number? Q102005?

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William II (Old Norman: Williame;  – 2 August 1100), the third son of William the Conqueror, was King of England from 1087 until 1100, with powers over Normandy, and influence in Scotland. He was less successful in extending control into Wales. William is commonly known as William Rufus (Rufus being Latin for "the Red"), perhaps because of his ruddy appearance or, more likely, due to having red hair as a child that grew out in later life.

William was a figure of complex temperament, capable of both bellicosity and flamboyance. He did not marry, nor did he father any offspring, which has led to speculations of possible homosexuality by historians. He died after being struck by an arrow while hunting, under circumstances that remain unclear. Circumstantial evidence in the behaviour of those around him raise strong, but unproven, suspicions of murder. His younger brother Henry I hurriedly succeeded him as king.

Barlow says he was "A rumbustious, devil-may-care soldier, without natural dignity or social graces, with no cultivated tastes and little show of conventional religious piety or morality—indeed, according to his critics, addicted to every kind of vice, particularly lust and especially sodomy." On the other hand, he was a wise ruler and victorious general. Barlow finds that, "His chivalrous virtues and achievements were all too obvious. He had maintained good order and satisfactory justice in England and restored good peace to Normandy. He had extended Anglo-Norman rule in Wales, brought Scotland firmly under his lordship, recovered Maine, and kept up the pressure on the Vexin."

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 William II of England, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
  2. 2.0 2.1 GUILLAUME de Normandie, in Cawley, Charles. Medieval Lands: A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families.