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Council of Lillebonne

The Council of Lillebonne was a meeting of the nobles and clergy of Normandy where, among other things, the expedition of William the Conqueror, then Duke of Normandy, was approved. It was held at Lillebonne, in the northeast of Normandy. Wace, the 12th-century historian, wrote of the council, convened shortly before the actual invasion, likely in January 1066. William of Poitiers, a chronicler of the Norman invasion, claims that the duke also obtained the consent of Pope Alexander II for the invasion, along with a papal banner.

The council, also called the Norman Council and Assembly of Lillebonne, began with the refusal of Harold to relinquish the crown of England. Two such councils were held, a smaller council of trusted advisors and a larger council to discuss the planned conquest. Relatives and allies of William participated including many of the proven Companions of William:

Cajoled by William FitzOsbern, the council approved the invasion plans.[2] William of Poitiers nevertheless describes the council and gives an account of a debate that took place between among the nobles and supporters over whether to risk an invasion of England. Although some formal meeting probably was held, it is unlikely that there was significant debate, as the duke had by then established control over his nobles, and those assembled would want to secure their share of the rewards from the conquest of England.


Douglas, David C., William the Conqueror: The Norman Impact Upon England, University of California Press, Berkeley, 1964

Freeman, Edward A., The Norman Council and the Assembly of Lillebonne, from The History of the Norman Conquest of England, Cambridge University Press, London, 2011 (archive )


  1. ^ "Seigneurs de Montfort-sur-Risle (Bastembourg)" . Archived from the original on 2008-05-08. Retrieved 2016-12-08.
  2. ^ Freeman, Edward A. (2011). The Norman Council and the Assembly of Lillebonne.

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