|William the Conqueror|
|Weapons||Norman Broadsword, Composite Crossbow, Torsion Catapult|
|Activities||Defeating the British and becoming King|
|Battle Status||Lost vs. Joan of Arc|
|Experts||Jason McNeil (Medieval Combat Specialist)|
Stephen Morillo, PhD (Walsh College)
"William started leading troops into battle when he was a teenager. He learned his craft on the battlefield. It was a case of do or die." - Jason McNeil, Medieval Combat Specialist
William the Conqueror, the daring and deadly French duke who crushed his English enemies and crowned himself king;
Joan of Arc, a peasant and teenaged French fighter whose battlefield heroics defeated England's superior army, which eventually resulted in the ending of the Hundred Years War.
Born in 1028 in Normandy, King William I of England, also known as William the Conqueror, is known for his conquest of England and eventual rise to power. William had convinced himself that the crown of England was for the taking, and that he could successfully conquer England in a short period of time. As he strengthened Normandy's defences and rallied 7,000 troops, in 1066 he finally conquered England in only a few months. As a result, William was the first Norman King of England and soon began to fortify his regime by building dozens of castles and spreading his royal army around the land. William's reign was so powerful it reshaped England as a whole during the Middle Ages. After a fatal horse riding injury when he was 59, William divided his succession between his three sons, Robert, William Rufus, and Henry. His youngest son, Henry, later became the famous King Henry I of England.
|Short Range||Norman Broadsword|
|Medium Range||Composite Crossbow|
|Long Range||Torsion Catapult|
- William the Conqueror and his Norman soldiers were descendants of the Viking.
- At 215 lbs, William is the heaviest ancient warrior. This is a big contrast to Joan, the lightest warrior at 125 lbs (a 90 lb difference).
- Despite being called a Frenchman, and coming from what is now part of France, William was a Norman, more closely related to Vikings than the French.
- Stock footage from BBC Battlefield Britain was used in the Joan of Arc vs William the Conqueror episode.
- The Battle of Hastings is what gave him the name William the Conqueror.
- A potential claimant, the powerful English earl Harold Godwinson, who was named the next king by Edward on the latter's deathbed in January 1066.
- William argued that Edward had previously promised the throne to him, and that Harold had sworn to support William's claim.
- The battle tactic Feigned Retreat was used by William and Genghis Khan, both gave their warrior the edge.