Great Grandfather: Ericke King of East Anglia
Grandson of Ericke. Raised an army from his extensive lands in Leichester, England, to oppose the invasion of William the Conqueror. He lost both the battle and his lands. He was taken in by Prince William, commanded his forces, then was allowed to go home to Leicestershire (from Knowltons, 1897 and Lord- Locke 1836).
Abigail Erick of Leicestershire descended from the most ancient family of the Ericks, who derived their lineage from Erick the Forester, a great commander, who raised an army to oppose the invasion of William the Conqueror, by whom he was vanquished, but afterwards employed to command that Prince's forces, and in his old age retired to his' house in Leistershire, where his family have continued ever since, but declining every age, are now in the condition of very private gentlemen. The family of Eric, which has produced many eminent men, is still represented by two respectable branches, the Heyricks of Leicestertown, and the Herricks of Beau-Manor.
William I, 1066-1087
William I (William Duke of Normandy, William the Conqueror) 1066-1087
In person, William I was said to be a man of great stature with the thundering voice one might expect from one of historyís most remarkable figures. William became Duke of Normandy when he was just 7 years old, and by age 24 he was the mightiest feudal lord in France.
In 1066 William seized the English crown at the momentous Battle of Hastings. During his reign, William established a social order that would endure for centuries, and would become known as the feudal system. Although never popular with the English Saxon population, Williamís iron rule brought order and stability. William ordered the creation of the Domesday Book Ė an exhaustive census of all of Englandís people and property.
William died in 1087 while warring with Philip I in France.
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