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William II "Rufus"
King of the English

William II, from the Stowe Manuscript
Reign 9 September 1087–2 August 1100
Coronation 26 September 1087
Predecessor William I "the Conqueror"
Successor Henry I "Beauclerc"
House Norman dynasty
Father William I "the Conqueror"
Mother Matilda of Flanders
Born 1056
Normandy, France
Died 2 August 1100
The New Forest, England
Burial Winchester Cathedral

William II of England (c. 1056–2 August 1100) was the second son of William the Conqueror and Matilda of Flanders. He was King of England from 1087 until 1100.[1] He was a harsh ruler and was not very liked. He did not have a wife or any children. He died on 2 August 1100 in the New Forest when he was shot by an arrow while hunting with his brother-in-law, Walter Tirel (Tryyel) and other friends.[1]


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