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||54mm (1/32nd - about 2 1/4 inches high)
William I (Old Norman: Williame I; Old English: Willelm I; c. 1028 – 9 September 1087), usually known as William the Conqueror and sometimes William the Bastard,[a] was the first Norman King of England, reigning from 1066 until his death in 1087. A descendant of Rollo, he was Duke of Normandy (as Duke William II) from 1035 onward. After a long struggle to establish his power, by 1060 his hold on Normandy was secure, and he launched the Norman conquest of England six years later. The rest of his life was marked by struggles to consolidate his hold over England and his continental lands and by difficulties with his eldest son.
During the Battle of Hastings rumours swept through the Norman forces that the duke had been killed, but William succeeded in rallying his troops by lifting the visor of his helmet to show he was still alive. This is the moment captured in this toy soldier's pose.