William II (Penguin Monarchs)
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William II (Penguin Monarchs) : The Red King

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William II (1087-1100), or William Rufus, will always be most famous for his death: killed by an arrow while out hunting, perhaps through accident or perhaps murder. But, as John Gillingham makes clear in this elegant book, as the son and successor to William the Conqueror it was William Rufus who had to establish permanent Norman rule. A ruthless, irascible man, he frequently argued acrimoniously with his older brother Robert over their father's inheritance - but he also handed out effective justice, leaving as his legacy one of the most extraordinary of all medieval buildings, Westminster Hall.
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  • Hardback | 128 pages
  • 129 x 186 x 18mm | 566.99g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • ALLEN LANE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • 1 x 8 colour plates
  • 0141978554
  • 9780141978550
  • 300,953

About John Gillingham

John Gillingham is Emeritus Professor of Medieval History at the London School of Economics. His books include a biography of Richard I, The Angevin Empire and The English in the Twelfth Century.
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