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Queen of the Conqueror by Tracy Borman
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Oct 07, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: 11th-century, england, france, non-fiction, royals, royalty-12-for-2012-challenge
Read from September 10 to 15, 2012

A very coherent, thorough biography of one of the lesser known queens of English history, Matilda of Flanders, wife of William the Conqueror. A great deal is given over to the beating that he gave her when she refused his offer of marriage, the familial background of the couple, their many children and the role that Matilda played in shaping what would be the queen's duties as the consort of an English king. She was cultured, well-educated, generous to the Church and to the poor. I was very surprised at how much I did not know about both Matilda and William, and would recommend this to anyone interested in Medieval history. Four stars overall.

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Reading Progress

09/12/2012 page 72
24.0% "Very interesting so far, I am really enjoying this one. William is anything but a hero after what he did when Matilda refused his proposal."
09/14/2012 page 152
51.0% "William conquers England, Matilda becomes Queen, the Harrowing of the North."
09/16/2012 page 296
100.0% "Well, this one turned out to be very good, and chock full of things that I didn't know about. Matilda turns out to be full of surprises to say the very least. Review coming soon." 1 comment

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message 1: by Misfit (new) - added it

Misfit I'm curious about this one. Klausner's review certainly didn't help much :p


Rebecca Huston I can't possible imagine how a Klausner review could ever be helpful.


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Misfit Yeah, but they can be funny as hell. She calls this book an autobiography :p


Rebecca Huston AUTOBIOGRAPHY? How fucking stupid is that woman? (exsperated)


message 5: by Misfit (new) - added it

Misfit I know. I was dying at that. Even worse than the Bayou tapestry :D


message 6: by Brenna (new) - added it

Brenna I have this on my Christmas list so I'm curious as to your thoughts!


Rebecca Huston So far, it's pretty good.


message 8: by Ruth (new) - added it

Ruth I was quite enjoying this one, but I ran out of time and had to return it to the library.. Rats.


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