William Rufus

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Noun1.William Rufus - the second son of William the Conqueror who succeeded him as King of England (1056-1100)
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1100: William II of England was killed by an arrow in the New Forest, allegedly mistaken for a deer.
1100: William II of England was killed by an arrow in the New Forest, allegedly mistaken for a deer: his brother Henry was nearby and wasted no time being crowned Henry I, though suspicions that he had a hand in the death have never been proved.
The relative unimportance of England to them is illustrated by William's division of his lands before his death in 1087; his eldest son Robert received the Duchy of Normandy, while his second son William Rufus took the secondary prize, becoming William II of England.