William II of England

1056 - 1100

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William II (Anglo-Norman: Williame; c. 1056 – 2 August 1100), the third son of William the Conqueror, was King of England from 26 September 1087 until his death in 1100, with powers over Normandy, and influence in Scotland. He was less successful in extending control into Wales. William is commonly referred to 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.William was a figure of complex temperament, capable of both bellicosity and flamboyance. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William II of England has received more than 2,722,093 page views. His biography is available in 66 different languages on Wikipedia. William II of England is the 1,412th most popular politician (down from 1,274th in 2019), the 535th most popular biography from France (down from 470th in 2019) and the 126th most popular French Politician.

William II, also known as William Rufus, was the third son of William the Conqueror. He was crowned king of England in 1087, and is most famous for his death at the hands of an assassin while hunting in the New Forest in 1100.

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Among politicians, William II of England ranks 1,412 out of 15,710Before him are Alexander Farnese, Duke of Parma, Friedrich Ratzel, Mary of Guise, Theodoric I, Anne Neville, and Jehoiakim. After him are Peter of Castile, Gyula Andrássy, Chlodio, Sulayman ibn Abd al-Malik, Theresa May, and Sarah Palin.

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Among people born in 1056, William II of England ranks 1After him are Nestor the Chronicler, Al-Muqtadi, Sæmundr fróði, Baldwin II, Count of Hainaut, Judith of Bohemia, and Cecilia of Normandy. Among people deceased in 1100, William II of England ranks 3Before him are Godfrey of Bouillon and Parascheva of the Balkans. After him are Antipope Clement III, Emperor Zhezong, George Kedrenos, Bretislav II, Naropa, and Edmund of Scotland.

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Among people born in France, William II of England ranks 535 out of 5,234Before him are Genevieve (423), Antipope Clement VII (1342), Marcel Marceau (1923), Augustin-Jean Fresnel (1788), Mary of Guise (1515), and J. M. G. Le Clézio (1940). After him are François Arago (1786), Joseph Black (1728), Louis Aragon (1897), Niki de Saint Phalle (1930), Louis Joseph, Dauphin of France (1781), and Louis, Prince of Condé (1530).


Among politicians born in France, William II of England ranks 126Before him are Baldwin II of Jerusalem (1060), Paul Barras (1755), Ludwig I of Bavaria (1786), Henry I, Duke of Guise (1550), Chilperic I (539), and Mary of Guise (1515). After him are Louis Joseph, Dauphin of France (1781), Louis, Prince of Condé (1530), Charles II of Navarre (1332), Carloman I (751), Pauline Bonaparte (1780), and René of Anjou (1409).