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The Empress Matilda : queen consort, queen mother, and lady of the English /
Marjorie Chibnall.
imprint
Oxford, UK ; Malden, Mass. : Blackwell, 1993.
description
227 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, genealogical tables, maps ; 23 cm
ISBN
0631190287, 9780631190288
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imprint
Oxford, UK ; Malden, Mass. : Blackwell, 1993.
isbn
0631190287
9780631190288
general note
"First published 1991"--Title page verso.
catalogue key
11389025
 
Includes bibliographical references (pages [207]-215) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Marjorie Chibnall is a Fellow of the British Academy and of Clare Hall, Cambridge, and a Corresponding Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1992-07:
Thorough in research, judicious in its judgments, this excellent book is the first scholarly biography of Matilda since Oskar R"ossler's Kaiserin Mathilde (Berlin, 1897). The great strength of Chibnall's study, other than meticulous scholarship, is its successful attempt to present Matilda as a whole figure. Chibnall shows that Matilda was not simply a blundering old dragon breathing fire into an England tormented by anarchy, but was an important figure in the histories of Normandy, Anjou, and of the Empire in the first half of the 12th century. The author draws a convincing picture of the Lady of the English as an astute and diligent, if not particularly successful, politician; good luck did not bless her very often. It is unlikely that any living scholar knows more about Matilda, her family, and her causes than does Chibnall, whose authority was established by her superb editing (e.g., The Ecclesiastical History of Orderic Vitalis, v.3, bks.V, VI: CH, Apr'73) and writing of history (e.g., The World of Orderic Vitalis; Anglo-Norman England 1066-1166, CH, Jul'85). The bibliograpy, index, and references are exemplary; the few black-and-white illustrations add little to the text. Upper-division undergraduates and above.-J. W. Alexander, University of Georgia
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"The first serious study of the career of the Empress Matilda ... Dr Chibnall's aim, ably achieved, has been to reconstruct the outline of Matilda's life, place her in the society and politics of the age, and form an assessment of her character." Times Literary Supplement"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
"The first serious study of the career of the Empress Matilda ... Dr Chibnall's aim, ably achieved, has been to reconstruct the outline of Matilda's life, place her in the society and politics of the age, and form an assessment of her character." Times Literary Supplement "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
"The first serious study of the career of the Empress Matilda ... Dr Chibnall's aim, ably achieved, has been to reconstruct the outline of Matilda's life, place her in the society and politics of the age, and form an assessment of her character." Times Literary Supplement"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
"The first serious study of the career of the Empress Matilda... Dr Chibnall's aim, ably achieved, has been to reconstruct the outline of Matilda's life, place her in the society and politics of the age, and form an assessment of her character." Times Literary Supplement "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
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Summaries
Main Description
This is the first comprehensive and fully documented study of the Empress Matilda to be published in English. Much of the serious work on her life and historical importance has never been translated from German, and almost all has concentrated on the years of her struggle with Stephen for the English crown. This book examines her career as a whole, including the years as consort of the Emperor Henry V and as regent in Normandy for her son Henry II. It illustrates the problems of female succession in the early twelfth century, and gives a balanced assessment of Matilda's character and achievements in the context of her own times.
Back Cover Copy
Granddaughter of William the Conqueror and of King Malcolm of the Scots, and daughter of Henry I, Matilda fought for the throne of England, arguably hers by right, for nine years, and was denied it largely because she was a woman. Contemporary chroniclers said of her that she was "always superior to feminine softness and with a mind steeled and unbroken in adversity". Most of the serious work on her extraordinary, action-packed life and historical importance lies in untranslated German studies of the last century. In this book Marjorie Chibnall examines her career as a whole, as King Henry's daughter, as the wife and consort of Emperor Henry V, as Countess of Anjou after the emperor's death, and as regent for her son, Henry II. An outstanding biography, pieced together from archival sources all over Europe, it is of value and interest both to scholars and the general reader.
Table of Contents
List of illustrationsp. vi
List of Mapsp. vii
Forewordp. viii
Genealogical Tablesp. ix
The English succession
The Salian emperors
The counts of Flanders
Introductionp. 1
Great by Birthp. 5
Greater by Marriagep. 18
Political Inheritancep. 45
Disputed Successionp. 64
Lady of the Englishp. 88
Lordship and Governance in a Divided Realmp. 118
Greatest in her Offspringp. 143
Personal Patronagep. 177
The Empress in Historyp. 195
Bibliography of Abbreviated Titlesp. 207
Indexp. 216
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