Maud’s younger brother is the presumptive heir to the throne of England and the dukedom of Normandy. However, she knows him as her little brother who is often prepared to pester or tattle on her. Despite this tension, there is real affection between the siblings, displayed most obviously when word of Maud’s impending marriage and departure from England are made known.
Trained for the knighthood from an early age, William’s dearest wish is to be like his father, King Henry I of England. He also idolizes “the king’s lads”, a group of young men at court who are favorites of the king and allow William to join them in various activities. As the only legitimate son of the king, he enjoys special treatment. His love for his mother, Queen Mathilda, does not keep him from ignoring her requests on occasion. Filled with a sense of his own importance as a royal prince, William strives to become a man who will make his father proud.