How did William the Conqueror get rich?

9 Answers

  • 3 weeks ago

    Simple, if you're king of one country and a duke of a separated province or kingdom (in the 11th century the provinces of France were literally separate kingdoms) you simply levee a tax on everyone period. In Feudalism if you needed an army your feudal lords provided free of charge. As a king you also probably had lands that you directly own as a duke or lord yourself, so you collect on those.

  • 3 weeks ago

    William I[a] (c. 1028[1] – 9 September 1087), usually known as William the Conqueror and sometimes William the Bastard,[2][b] was the first Norman King of England, reigning from 1066 until his death in 1087. He was a descendant of Rollo and was Duke of Normandy from 1035 onward. His hold was secure on Normandy by 1060, following a long struggle to establish his throne, 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, Robert Curthose.

  • 3 weeks ago

    Sheep. He bought sheep at very low prices from people who couldn't count and sold them on to people who liked sheep at a profit. He kept doing that until he got rich. Folks of the time-period thought it was all a good idea, that sheep thing he did. Very clever.

  • 3 weeks ago

    Sure. Take over a whole country. Add this to being the Duke of Normandy.....well yeah.

    Source(s): Before the industrial era, th he way to get rich was by trading and radeing
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  • Lomax
    Lv 4
    3 weeks ago

    Being born the heir to the Duchy of Normandy was a pretty good start.

    In those days, a man's wealth wasn't measured in money, but in land. Simply owning Normandy made him rich.

    Invading and conquering England only made him richer.

  • snafu
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    By conquering.  If he was known as William the Loser he would’ve been dirt poor.

  • 4 weeks ago

    William the Conqueror got rich by taxing people to death.

  • Cogito
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago
  • Rick
    Lv 6
    4 weeks ago

    by franchising his title:  George the Conqueror, Larry the Conqueror, Betty the Conqueror, at ONLY $75,000 YOU TOO can be 'a Conqueror' !!!

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