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January 26, 2011 @ 12:33 am

18. William Rufus

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By the Holy Face of Lucca, it's William II! Better known as William Rufus, the favourite son of William the Conqueror who inherits the English throne while his older brother, Robert, takes on the Duchy of Normandy. Thanks to the writings of disapproving monks (not least the saintly Anselm), Rufus has often been condemned as a bad king. However, can a man wearing pointy shoes, cracking jokes and winning fame even from the monks for being a great chivalrous knight be all bad? There's a lot more to Rufus than an unfortunate hunting accident in the New Forest!

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  • Laura

    I like Rufus - he sounds like he would have been fun to go to the pub with, and he might let me borrow some of his excellent pointy shoes - like a medieval gay best-friend.

    A fun episode of Rex factor that made me chuckle; especially Graham’s Rufus impressions!

    Jul 20, 2011 at 6:33 pm
  • rexfactor

    By the Holy Face of Lucca!

    William Rufus was lots of fun - maybe England’s most flamboyant monarch?

    Jul 21, 2011 at 4:40 pm
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