Matilda: Empress, Queen, Warrior

March 17, 2020|
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] will attract a growing audience interested in stories of women challenging the male-dominated European past.”—Alexandra Locking, Medieval Review

“A lively and authoritative account.”—Katherine Harvey, Times Literary Supplement

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.
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.
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Title:Matilda: Empress, Queen, Warrior
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:296 pages, 7.75 X 5 X 0.68 in
Shipping dimensions:296 pages, 7.75 X 5 X 0.68 in
Published:March 17, 2020
Publisher:Yale University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780300251470

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