Cultural depictions of William the Conqueror

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William I of England has been depicted in a number of modern works.

In drama, film and television[edit]

William I has appeared as a character in only a few stage and screen productions. The one-act play A Choice of Kings by John Mortimer deals with his deception of Harold after the latter's shipwreck. Julian Glover portrayed him in a 1966 TV adaptation of this play in the ITV Play of the Week series.

William has also been portrayed on screen by Thayer Roberts in the 1955 film Lady Godiva of Coventry, John Carson in the 1965 BBC TV series Hereward the Wake, Alan Dobie in the two-part 1966 BBC TV play Conquest (part of the series Theatre 625), and Michael Gambon in the 1990 TV drama Blood Royal: William the Conqueror.

He has also been portrayed by David Lodge in a 1975 episode of the TV comedy series Carry On Laughing entitled "One in the Eye for Harold" and by James Fleet in the 1999 humorous BBC show The Nearly Complete and Utter History of Everything.

In literature[edit]

William I has been depicted in historical novels and short stories. They include:[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Nield (1925), p. 25-27
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Baker (1914), p. 12-13
  3. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica Eleventh Edition(1910-1911), article Sir Charles James Napier
  4. ^ a b Baker (1914), p. 14