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Queen of the Conqueror: The Life of Matilda, Wife of William I by [Borman, Tracy Joanne]
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Everyone knows the story of William the Conqueror, but few are familiar with the remarkable life of his wife, Matilda of Flanders. Although standing only four feet two inches tall, she was a formidable consort, the perfect match for an aggressive husband who harbored dynastic ambitions. William’s partner on both domestic and political fronts, she was the first woman to be crowned and recognized as queen of England and, as such, exerted considerable influence over the king, her nine children, and the English realm. For a nobleman of his times,William displayed an unusually strong affection for the socially superior and politically connected Matilda, remaining, by all accounts, a devoted and faithful husband. Their strong partnership extended well beyond the royal chambers as Matilda advised and counseled her husband, even acting as his regent at one point. Borman paints a striking portrait of an overlooked medieval dynamo who played an important role in shaping the course of modern English history. --Margaret Flanagan

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“[Tracy Borman] brings to life Queen Matilda’s enormous accomplishments in consolidating early Norman rule. Alongside her warrior husband, William I, Matilda brought legitimacy, a deeper degree of education, diplomatic savvy and artistic and religious flowering to the shared Norman-English throne. Borman . . . the chief executive of Britain’s Heritage Education Trust, fleshes out the personality of this fascinating woman, who set the steely precedent for subsequent English female sovereigns by displaying great longevity and stamina in a rough, paternalistic time. . . . A richly layered treatment of the stormy reign that yielded the incomparable Bayeux Tapestry and the Domesday Book.”Kirkus Reviews
 
“Tracy Borman tells this story with a steady eye and a steady hand, tracing what can be known of Matilda’s part in the events that were to change the course of English history.”—Helen Castor, Literary Review

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  • File Size: 7059 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (April 3, 2012)
  • Publication Date: April 3, 2012
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005OCYQZ4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #425,653 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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