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A charter of William the Conqueror and two of his sons

A charter of William the Conqueror and two of his sons

By David Bates

Tabularia, No.5 (2005)

Abstract: I omitted a document from my edition of the charters of William the Conqueror on the grounds of arguments which had suggested that it was a charter of William Rufus. The signa are not all consistent with the document’s date of 1084, but the charter, which is included in a pancarte destroyed in 1944, should be regarded as a charter of William I to which additions were made soon after his death. The document has some significance for the politics of 1088 and for relations between the Conqueror’s sons.

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