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Thread #11575 Message #88176
Posted By: Bert
20-Jun-99 - 10:33 AM
Thread Name: Origin: The Bastard King of England
Subject: RE: The Bastard King of England
The Irish would probably not agree with the exclusion of Oliver Cromwell from your list of bastards.
Penny, I have always assumed that someone had heard that William The Conquerer was known as William the Bastard and thought "Ah, now there's a song". Then composed the song from various historical rumours.