I remember a dream I had years ago (I was probably between 12 and 15) that at the time I thought very little of but now, in hindsight, it kind of makes sense.
It was during a rebellion of some kind, or a war or something of that nature. There were three or four knights (or at least they were men at arms with some nice kit), still in their armor, who were being hanged. I was an observer and felt detached from the scene save for a slight twinge of horror, as if I had no involvement.
I’m pretty sure that since I had this dream, I have come across several accounts of knights and fighting men being hanged in their armor, but by then I had forgotten all about this dream; I had given more importance to dreams that had more of an emotional impact (which surprisingly, this one didn’t beyond the usual feeling of an unpleasant dream). I desperately wish I had access to my counselor’s files from high school since I must have told him all about these dreams!
For the record, if I try to remember the dream the armor I see is not 13th century armor, so I don’t think this is from Count William’s time. What I see instead is 14th century armor, with significant plate elements and pointed sabatons. At the time I would have known no such distinction.
The 14th century is still kind of an area of mystery for me. I’ve had brief flickers that I initially attributed to Count William’s life but suspect I was dressed in 14th century clothing (the colors of my hose were one red and one black and my tunic was short and close-fitting; that is so unlike the style in Count William’s time in which solid-color hose and baggy tunics were favored). I initially attributed this to an aesthetic bias toward 14th century fashions, art, and literature but in light of remembering these dreams from high school, I’m not so sure now.
The two events that immediately come to mind in which knights or men-at-arms might have been hanged in their armor are the 100 Years War and the Peasant’s Revolt. Admittedly I’m a little weak on those beyond the most cursory history book details of the conflict because I’ve been so obsessed with the Angevin Empire for the last couple of years. I need to shift my attention back to the 14th century.
EDIT: I just looked up “knights hanged in armor” and what comes up as the first thing actually related to medieval history? The Albigensian Crusade! WEIRD!
Only one problem, the Albigensian Crusade was in the 13th century, so this probably isn’t it. Also, I was not involved in prosecuting the Albigensian Crusade myself as I was in the service of King John (who was excommunicated and allied with Raymond of Toulouse against France who allied with the Pope). Being an ally of Raymond of Toulouse might have sent me into Cathar Country while this was going on, but I doubt this is what I saw.