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Lady of the English by Elizabeth Chadwick.
on 28 May 2017
I read this book when it was first published in hardback and have read it a number of times since. Unfortunately, my eyesight finds it difficult to see the print clearly, so I had to invest in a Kindle copy. It is a wonderfully written book. Obvious copious amounts of research has been carried out by Miss. Chadwick as she does with all her books. This book show Matilda in a more sympathetic light and although she was a difficult, arrogant person, I believe she was likeable too. She fought for many years for her crown, she had to be seen as good as a man or she would never be accepted. She never was. It must have broken her heart to realise that she would never be queen, that so many people that she had loved had died for her, but she knew her son, the future Henry II, would be a king to be proud of. He was, until, like his grandfather and mother, he found delegating impossible. Thereby creating bad feeling with his strong willed wife and their Eaglets, Henry, Richard, Geoffrey and John, but that is another story. A beautifully written book. I couldn't put it down, even though I had read it several times before.