Matilda

Matilda: Wife of the Conqueror, First Queen of England

History , British History, Medieval Britain
Paperback Published on: 06/09/2012
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Synopsis

Read the thrilling, tempestuous story of the 'first' Queen of England.

Matilda, wife of William the Conqueror, was the first woman to be crowned Queen of England and formally recognised as such by her subjects. Beyond this, however, little is known of her. No contemporary images of her remain, and the chroniclers of her age left us only the faintest clues as to her life. Who was this spectral queen?

In this first major biography, Tracy Borman sifts through the evidence to uncover an extraordinary story. Matilda was loving and pious, possessed strength, ambition and intelligence, and was fiercely independent. All of these attributes gave her unparalleled influence over William. Although Matilda would provide an inspiring template for future indomitable queens, these qualities also led to treachery, revolt and the fracturing of a dynasty.

Matilda: Wife of the Conqueror, First Queen of England takes us from the courts of Flanders to the opulence of royal life in England. Alive with intrigue, rumour and betrayal, it illuminates for the first time the life of an exceptional, brave and complex queen pivotal to the history of England.

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780099549130
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Weight: 240g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 34 mm

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Matilda
Splendid book on England's first crowned Queen
The first thing one has to think when hearing about this book is why has no one written a biography on this Queen before? But thankfully Tracy Borman has n... READ MORE
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