The original wooden castle was erected in 1066 straight after the invasion on top of the cliff that now overlooks Hastings Old Town. It was rebuilt in stone in 1070 as the first permanent Norman castle in the country. The southern half of the castle, including the keep, has fallen into the sea, but the foundations of the 11th church and some of the 12th & 13th century stonework remains.
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William I of England
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William I (
1028 - 1087), was King of England from 1066 to 1087.
Known alternatively as William of Normandy, William the Conqueror and William the Bastard, he was the
illegitimate and only son of Robert the Magnificent, Duke of Normandy, and Herleva, the daughter of Fulbert, a tanner. Born in Falaise, Normandy, now in France, William succeeded to the throne of England by right of conquest by winning the Battle of Hastings in 1066 in what has become known as the Norman Conquest.
No authentic portrait of William has been found. He was described as a big burly man, strong in every sense of the word, balding in front, and of regal dignity.
burly : robuste, costaud, solidement bâti
a tanner : un tanneur
bald : chauve
to bald : se dégarnir (devenir chauve)
regal : royal(e) / qui appartient au roi / digne d'un roi
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