First in a proposed series of conjectural ink portraits of medieval English monarchs.
This is William I, Duke of Normandy and later King of England. He is portrayed here to show his ambition and his grim determination to bend England to his will. According to descriptions he was a stocky, strong-built fellow and I have tried to convey that here. The haircut is severe, but true to images of the Normans as shown in art of the period, particularly the Bayeux Tapestry.