Matilda : empress, queen, warrior / Catherine Hanley.
- Other Title:
- Empress, queen, warrior
- New Haven : Yale University Press,  , ©2019
xii, 277 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, genealogical tables ; 24 cm
- Matilda, Empress, consort of Henry V, Holy Roman Emperor, 1102-1167.
Monarchy -- Great Britain -- History -- To 1500.
Queens -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Great Britain -- History -- Stephen, 1135-1154 -- Biography.
- A life of Matilda-empress, skilled military leader, and one of the greatest figures of the English Middle Ages0 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.
- The child empress
Crisis in England
Heir to the throne
Return to England
A fresh approach
The new generation
'The good Matilda'
- Includes bibliographical references and index.