The Empress Matilda: Queen Consort, Queen Mother and Lady of the English

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Wiley, Oct 8, 1993 - History - 252 pages
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This is the first comprehensive and fully documented study of the Empress Matilda to be published in English. Much of the serious work on her life and historical importance has never been translated from German, and almost all has concentrated on the years of her struggle with Stephen for the English crown. This book examines her career as a whole, including the years as consort of the Emperor Henry V and as regent in Normandy for her son Henry II. It illustrates the problems of female succession in the early twelfth century, and gives a balanced assessment of Matilda's character and achievements in the context of her own times.

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User Review  - mattries37315 - LibraryThing

I had heard of The Anarchy before reading this book, and I knew the cliffnotes version of the battle between Stephen and Matilda for the English Crown. However it wasn't until I read The Empress ... Read full review

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User Review  - loafingcactus - Goodreads

Interesting period of history and slippery moment in the history of the monarchy. I'm sure the book represents exacting scholarship, but it is an academic book a little devoid of life. Wish a popular biographer would grab take up this topic! Read full review

About the author (1993)

Marjorie Chibnall is Emeritus Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, and has also lectured in the universities of Southampton and Aberdeen. She is a Fellow of the British Academy and Corresponding Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America, and her most recent books include The World of Orderic Vitalis and Anglo-Norman England 1066-1166.

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