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William II, 1087-1100

      

William II, the third son of William the Conqueror, was King of England from September 1087 until August 1100, with powers over Normandy, and influence in Scotland. He was less successful in extending control into Wales. William is commonly known as William Rufus (Rufus being Latin for "the Red"), perhaps because of his ruddy appearance or, more likely, due to having red hair as a child that grew out in later life. He did not marry, nor did he father any offspring, which has led to speculations of possible homosexuality by historians. He died after being hit by an arrow while hunting, under circumstances that remain unclear. Circumstantial evidence in the behaviour of those around him raises strong, but unproven, suspicions of murder. His younger brother Henry I hurriedly succeeded him as king.   (Wikipedia article).

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Profile ..............................       1    1258
Cross in quatrefoil .........        2    1259
Voided Cross ...................       3    1260
Cross pattee and fleury ..          4    1261
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