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Matilda of Scotland: A Study in Medieval Queenship
Matilda of Scotland was the daughter of Malcolm III of Scotland and his Anglo-Saxon queen Margaret. Matilda's marriage to Henry I of England in 1100 brought Henry, son of William the Conqueror, a direct and politically desirable link to Matilda's ancestor Alfred the Great. Matilda was educated in the exclusive convents of Romsey and Wilton, a grounding which enabled her to ...more
Hardcover, 207 pages
Published September 28th 2003 by Boydell Press
(first published August 28th 2003)
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May 25, 2012 John rated it liked it
As the subtitle states this is "A Study in Medieval Queenship" not a biography. The book is structured thematically so there is little narrative of Matilda's adult life. The idea of "queenship" explored in the book is pretty much limited to Matilda's public life and her role as a sort of bureaucratic mate to Henry I. Admittedly sources would be limited but there is virtually no discussion of her family life as a wife and mother, which must also have been very important elements of her "queenship ...more
This book has been my constant companion for almost a year as I have been doing my final project for my degree about Matilda. Huneycutt's biography is so comprehensive and well written; I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and it was invaluable for my work. Without this book I would not have been able to complete my project.