Matilda of Scotland: A Study in Medieval Queenship

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 brought Henry son of William the Conqueror a direc

  • Title: Matilda of Scotland: A Study in Medieval Queenship
  • Author: Lois L. Huneycutt
  • ISBN: 9780851159942
  • Page: 116
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 toMatilda 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 further the literate court culture of the twelfth century, and under her control was a substantial demesne that allowed her to exercise both lay and ecclesiastical patronage In the matter of ruling, she was an active partner in administering Henry s cross channel realm, served as a member of his curia regis, and on occasion acted with what amounted to vice regal authority in England while Henry was in Normandy Chroniclers of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries often refer to her as Mathilda bona regina, or Matildis beatae memoriae, and for a time she was popularly regarded as a saint Huneycutt s study shows how Matilda achieved such acclaim, both because the political structures of her day allowed her the opportunity to do so and because she herself was skilled at manipulating those structures This study will be valuable to those interested in not only English political history, but also to historians of women, the medieval church, and medieval culture.

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    1. 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 [...]

    2. 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.

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