A conqueror's conqueror, William the II led a 696-ship armada, an army of 20,000 soldiers, and one of the best cavalries in history to bloody victory over the English forces at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Not satisfied just to invade his greatest enemy, he took up their throne as King while his armies spent the next several years taking over 100,000 lives– crushing rebellions, burning towns and terrifying those who would rise against him. His Norman Conquest not only saw military advancements like the crossbow, but the creation of his vile torture chambers in the infamous Tower of London.
Weapons: Torsion catapult, composite crossbow, Norman broadsword, and chain mail hauberk
Key Battles: The battle of Hastings marks the first known use of the Crossbow