William the Conqueror
William the Conqueror
Weapons Norman Broadsword, Composite Crossbow, Torsion Catapult
Origin Normandy France
Activities Defeating the British and becoming King
Service 1066 AD
Battle Status Lost vs. Joan of Arc
Experts Jason McNeil (Medieval Combat Specialist)
Stephen Morillo, PhD (Wabash 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 Norman duke who crushed his English enemies and crowned himself king;

Joan of Arc , the teenaged French fighter whose battlefield heroics defeated England's superior army, and ended the Hundred Years War.


  • Circa: 1066 A.D.
  • Age: 38
  • Height: 5'10"
  • Weight: 215 lbs


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
Armor Chainmail Hauberk
Tactics Feigned Retreat



  • William the Conqueror and his soldiers can trace some of their ancestry back to 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).
  • William was descended from the Vikings but like all Normans was more closely related to 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.
  • While the Battle of Hastings was an impressive victory for William, William only invaded after a similar Viking, Harald Hardrada, invading England from the north. Before that, Harold had a strong coastal defense that William refused to attack. 3 days after The Battle of Stamford Bridge, William exploited the fact that Harold was still in Northern England and so William landed in the South.

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