The Empress Matilda: Queen Consort, Queen Mother and Lady of the English
October 1993, Wiley-Blackwell
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"A formidable book about a formidable woman ... based on an extremely thorough understanding of the sources and casts a broad beam of light on the twelfth century." Journal of Ecclesiastical History
"Very satisfying ... written with lucidity and force ... a very valuable addition to the corpus of core texts for any student of Norman and Angevin England." History
"The intention of this book, is to examine Matilda's role in Anglo-Norman history and, as a female heir to the throne, in the history of feudal society. Marjorie Chibnall not only achieves this aim but surpasses it. This is a full biography of a twelfth-century woman who was in the center of power throughout her life and who served in both traditional and nontraditional female roles. It furthers our understanding of the person and of the political history of the Anglo-Norman kingdom. It also is a beautifully written book, one accessible to both scholar and student." Speculum
"This is a biography that is both scholarly and readable." English Historical Review