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S.A. Bent, comp. Familiar Short Sayings of Great Men. 1887.

William I.

  • [Surnamed “the Conqueror,” Duke of Normandy; born at Falaise, 1025; succeeded his father, 1035; having gained the favor of Edward the Confessor, he resolved to claim the throne of England, and on the death of the king invaded that country, and defeated Harold at Hastings, September, 1066; was crowned king in December; completed the subjugation of the island, and ordered a survey to be recorded in Domesday Book; died at Rouen, 1087.]
  • When I come, I will light more candles in Notre Dame than he will like.

  • Or, “I will come with ten thousand lances in place of candles.” In reply to Philip I. of France, who, having heard that William was sick, asked derisively when he was coming to Paris.
  • The king said of his son Robert’s claim to Normandy in 1075, “It is not my custom to lay aside my clothes until I go to bed.”