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Matilda: Empress, Queen, Warrior

Matilda: Empress, Queen, Warrior

A life of Matilda-empress, skilled military leader, and one of the greatest figures of the English Middle Ages

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ISBN 9780300227253
Barcode 9780300227253
Published 15 March 2019 by Yale University Press
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Hanley, Catherine
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ISBN-13 9780300227253
ISBN-10 0300227256
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Yale University Press
Imprint Yale University Press
Publication Date 15 March 2019
International Publication Date 12 March 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Hanley, Catherine
Category Biography & Autobiography
Biography & Autobiography: Royalty
World History: C 500 To C 1500
British & Irish History
Women's Studies
Number of Pages 296
Dimensions Width: 156mm
Height: 235mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Great Britain - Biography - History - Stephen, 1135-1154
NBS Text Regional History
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 942.024092
Catalogue Code 996182

Description of this Book

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.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review This volume is designed for a wide readership and deserves to find one -Sean McGlynn, The Spectator The biography of Matilda I've been waiting for: as clear-sighted, forthright and formidable as the Empress herself. Catherine Hanley combines lucid scholarship with page-turning narrative; military expertise with a fine-grained understanding of the challenges facing a twelfth-century woman who sought to rule. The result - authoritative, human, and utterly compelling - is a triumph. -Helen Castor, author of She-Wolves
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

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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