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Matilda: Wife of the Conqueror, First Queen of England Hardcover – 1 Sep 2011

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape (1 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224090550
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224090551
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 487,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Matilda remains relevant: one legacy is her bloodline, which still rules in Britain today." (Sunday Telegraph)

"Tracy Borman tells this story with a steady eye and a steady hand, tracing what can be known of Matilda's part in the events that were to change the course of English history." (Helen Castor Literary Review)

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The first English biography of the thrilling, tempestuous life of the 'first' Queen of England

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Tracy Borman deserves a lot of credit for hauling Matilda of Flanders, wife of William the Conqueror, out of the historical dark. While Eleanor of Aquitaine gets biography after biography and historical novel after historical novel all that most of knew of Matilda was her name - and possibly her reputation for being short, and falling for William after he thrashed her with his horsewhip.
What this book achieves is to put Matilda where she deserves - as a formidable woman and Queen in her own right - a proto Eleanor, if you will. The first recognised crowned Queen of England, a frequent regent for her husband, and one of the earliest English rulers to understand the value of the well managed PR exercise, she emerges as a redoutable figure indeed. The book is also, it must be said, a terrific read - one fairly zips through it with never a dull moment, and there is hardly an infelictous phrase in the whole work.
However where Borman necessarily struggles, and where I slightly have a boggle with her approach is the paucity of contemporaneous sources. For much of the regency and political areas there is sound ground - charters survive which show what power Matilda exercised. But of course none of us really buy the book for that do we? And on the broader front, the problem is that there are ample sources from considerably AFTER Matilda's death - and very very little indeed from the actual period. So when one gets to the fun bits - the horsewhip incident for example, the bottom line is that one can have no confidence at all tht this story is true based on the contemporaneous sources - but how can one miss it out of the biography? And so on for a number of scandalous and salacious incidents...
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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.
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This is the story of an unusual Queen,unusual that is for those days at the end of the eleventh century..Matilda was born around the year 1030 and married William ,Duke of Normandy about 1050. They must have been an odd looking couple for Matilda was tiny and William nearly six foot tall.
When he first went courting her,she apparently refused him and the story is that he rode to where she was living and carried her off. Sadly the story has not been confirmed,but certainly the marriage was a very happy one.Matilda on several occasions acted as regent for her husband,especially after his conquest of Saxon England.
Matilda proved herself a brave and courageous regent and established herself as England's first crowned Queen . She also produced nine children to establish the dynasty. Two of them succeeded her husband as monarchs and eventually her great-grandson Henry,founded the Plantagenet dynasty.
It is clear from the records that Matilda had much influence over her husband,because after her death in 1083,his temper deteriorated. A contemporary writer claimed that "murmers of loud and heartfelt grief were heard through-out the land."
Very litle has been taught in our schools about this Queen and so this excellent and very readable biography by Tracy Borman fills an important gap in our knowledge and should be read by all interested in their country's history
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I purchased this book after hearing an interview with the author on the BBC History magazine podcast. Medieval history has always been a period that has interested me and the author spoke with such passion and knowledge regarding her subject that I decided to give Queen Matilda's story a try. I was not disappointed!

The is a very readable account of a figure that has been very much sidelined in subjugation to her husband, William the Conqueror. The author does not bury you in a mire of inconsequential information in this charming account but rather gets straight to the point in drawing a very balanced portrait of a great English Queen.

This book is a must for any history lover and would make an ideal present for any young girl who wants to read about a strong and intelligent female whom carved a powerful niche for herself in a remorseless, male dominated society.

Top class history! If I could give it 10 stars I would!
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