William Iron Arm

1010 - 1046

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William I of Hauteville (before 1010 – 1046), known as William Iron Arm, was a Norman adventurer who was the founder of the fortunes of the Hauteville family. One of twelve sons of Tancred of Hauteville, he journeyed to the Mezzogiorno with his younger brother Drogo in the first half of the eleventh century (c.1035), in response to requests for help made by fellow Normans under Rainulf Drengot, count of Aversa. Between 1038 and 1040, he and other Normans fought in Sicily along with the Lombards as mercenaries for the Byzantine Empire against the Aghlabids. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Iron Arm has received more than 83,845 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia. William Iron Arm is the 731st most popular military personnel (down from 652nd in 2019), the 2,028th most popular biography from France (down from 1,832nd in 2019) and the 82nd most popular French Military Personnel.

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Among military personnels, William Iron Arm ranks 731 out of 1,466Before him are P. G. T. Beauregard, Joseph Boxhall, Matthew Ridgway, Paddy Roy Bates, Yekaterina Budanova, and Gordon Gollob. After him are Hubert Lyautey, Hermann von Eichhorn, Boris Sheremetev, Otto von Lossow, Archduke Ferdinand Karl Joseph of Austria-Este, and Markian Popov.

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Among people born in 1010, William Iron Arm ranks 9Before him are Emperor Renzong of Song, Andrew I of Hungary, Pope Alexander II, Robert de Craon, Antipope Honorius II, and Antipope Victor IV. After him are Gallus Anonymus, Benno, Morphia of Melitene, Drogo of Hauteville, and Anno II. Among people deceased in 1046, William Iron Arm ranks 4Before him are Daji, Gerard of Csanád, and Jeongjong, 10th monarch of Goryeo. After him are Abbot Oliba and Al-Musta'in I.

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Among people born in France, William Iron Arm ranks 2,028 out of 5,234Before him are Laurent Fabius (1946), Marceline Desbordes-Valmore (1786), Emanuel Ungaro (1933), Jean-Baptiste Carrier (1756), Joseph Fesch (1763), and Marcel Camus (1912). After him are Yo-Yo Ma (1955), Hubert Lyautey (1854), Natalia Pavlovna Paley (1905), Adela of Normandy (1065), Étienne Charles de Loménie de Brienne (1727), and François Coppée (1842).


Among military personnels born in France, William Iron Arm ranks 82Before him are Louis-Joseph de Montcalm (1712), Claude Alexandre de Bonneval (1675), Christian de Castries (1902), Duke Alexander of Württemberg (1771), Jean II Le Maingre (1366), and Maurice Sarrail (1856). After him are Hubert Lyautey (1854), Antoine Charles Louis de Lasalle (1775), François Étienne de Kellermann (1770), Aimable Pélissier (1794), Henri Gouraud (1867), and Rudolf Schmundt (1896).