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England's first crowned Queen - the first proper biography,
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This review is from: Matilda: Wife of the Conqueror, First Queen of England (Hardcover)
Matilda of Flanders was the wife of William the Conqueror and was as England first crowned queen consort. It is quite astonishing that this is the first proper biography.
It is notoriously hard to build up a proper picture of the early medieval personalities and the documents which survived to not paint an objective picture. I believe Tracy Borman gives us pretty good inside who this Mathilda of Flanders was and what role she played in history, not just as the mother of Williams's children and therefore mother of the dynasty, but as partner of William in ruling the duchy of Normandy and England. With her impeccable pedigree she lend acceptance of a powerful ruler who always had to fight his bastard birth. That her relationship was strong for most of the time proves the fact that he did not have mistresses. She might have been smal in height but she was had great personality, a woman born to rule and she fulfilled her role to perfection.
Tracy Borman brings her life and times back to life. Sometimes she fills the gasps with informed guesses. I am not a big fan of this, but properly you can not do without. All in all, Mrs Borman as done a great job, has sparked interest in her and has set the groundwork for further studies on Matilda. I enjoyed this biography very much.