Matilda: Empress, Queen, Warrior

Matilda: Empress, Queen, Warrior

by Catherine Hanley


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A life of Matilda—empress, skilled military leader, and one of the greatest figures of the English Middle Ages

Matilda was a daughter, wife, and mother. But she was also empress, heir to the English crown—the first woman ever to hold the position—and an able military general.

This new biography explores Matilda’s achievements as military and political leader, and sets her life and career in full context. Catherine Hanley provides fresh insight into Matilda's campaign to claim the title of queen, her approach to allied kingdoms and rival rulers, and her role in the succession crisis. Hanley highlights how Matilda fought for the throne, and argues that although she never sat on it herself her reward was to see her son become king. Extraordinarily, her line has continued through every single monarch of England or Britain from that time to the present day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300251470
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 03/17/2020
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 260,983
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Catherine Hanley is a writer and researcher specializing in the Middle Ages. She is the author of Louis and War and Combat, 1150–1270 and a contributor to the Oxford Encyclopedia of Medieval Warfare and Military Technology.

Table of Contents

List of maps and tables viii

List of illustrations ix

Acknowledgements xi

Introduction 1

1 The child empress 13

2 Crisis in England 35

3 Heir to the throne 52

4 Usurped 79

5 Return to England 105

6 1141: Triumph 131

7 1141: Disaster 157

8 A fresh approach 177

9 The new generation 201

10 'The good Matilda' 223

Conclusion 237

Sources and translations 251

Bibliography 256

Index 268

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