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Old 04-24-2012, 02:07 PM
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King William I (c1028-1087) and Matilda of Flanders (c1031-1083)

There is a great new biography of Queen Matilda, the first full length study of her life and historical significance

The Medieval Book Reviews 2: Matilda, Queen of the Conqueror by Tracy Borman | Carolyn Harris: Royal Historian
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There is a great new biography of Queen Matilda, the first full length study of her life and historical significance

The Medieval Book Reviews 2: Matilda, Queen of the Conqueror by Tracy Borman | Carolyn Harris: Royal Historian
I saw that over the weekend but I was in a hurry at the time and may well buy it this weekend!
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I will put that on my list of books to read over the next Christmas holidays when I have some time to read history for pleasure rather than for work.
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Thank you for the heads up, Carolyn! I just reserved my copy at the library today which fortunately had it.
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I can't wait to read it! I always wanted to know more about her.
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Have I heard about this woman? Is she on my Queen's list? Te only Matilda I can recall now is the Empress, but I will definitely look for it the next time I go to the library.
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I will certainly read this book. If my memory is intact, she was very short [like 4'8"] and he was quite tall [well over 6 foot]
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Have I heard about this woman? Is she on my Queen's list? Te only Matilda I can recall now is the Empress, but I will definitely look for it the next time I go to the library.
The Empress Matilda was this lady's granddaughter.

William and Matilda (sometimes called Maud) had a number of sons, the youngest of whom was Henry I. Henry had two children - his son who drowned when the White Ship sunk in the channel and his daughter, The Empress Matilda who fought the civil war with another of William and Matilda's grandsons - Stephen.
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I know the history of Empress Matilda, her father, her brother, and cousin; I was just stating for no reason that I have little recollection of William's wife and the only Matilda I have at the top of my head is the Empress.
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The book is discussed further in the Royal Library along with several reviews.
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The Bayeux Tapestry, showing scenes from William I's conquest, was displayed for the first time in Bayeux Cathedral in 1077.
When William was preparing to invade England, Matilda outfitted a ship with her own money and gave it to him.
The ship was the Mora.


In Kings and Queens of Great Britain, David Soud wrote:

William's control of England meant the arrival of a Norman brand of feudalism, in which the entire kingdom was the property of the Crown. William treated a portion of it as his own; the rest was divided among manors, which were allotted to barons who swore allegiance to the Crown.
In Kings & Queens of Great Britain, David Soud wrote:

William I's view of the kingdom as his personal property led him to establish vast preserves for his own pleasure, most famously the New Forest. Every leaf of the New Forest was considered as belonging to the king.
In Queens Consort, Lisa Hilton wrote:

The prestige of Matilda's ancestry was obviously considered a sufficient compensation for someone of William's relatively uncertain status, as she brought no dowry of land or titles to the union.
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William and Matilda were actually first cousins. He fell in love with her at first sight but she repeatedly refused to marry him until he changed her mind!
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