Empress Matilda and the anarchy: the problem of royal succession in medieval England

Empress Matilda

Why is it that Matilda was unable to secure the throne in her own right? And why do historians continue to debate the legitimacy of her brief lordship?

Analyzing History: Bertran de Born – Innocent Poet or Inciter of Revolt

Bertran de Born

While words are powerful tools that can invoke emotions ranging from jubilation to revulsion, could they be the cause of a rebellion against Henry II of England by his children and wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine? Could the words of a mere troubadour drive the revolt of a family against their king?

BOOKS: Great Reads about Medieval Queens!

Queen Isabella: Treachery, Adultery, and Murder in Medieval England

Queens Consort: England’s Medieval Queens from Eleanor of Aquitaine to Elizabeth of York Author: Lisa Hilton Publisher: Pegasus (August 3, 2010) Summary England’s medieval queens were elemental in shaping the history of the nation. In an age where all politics were family politics, dynastic marriages placed English queens at the very center of power—the king’s bed. […]

Matilda of Boulogne, Queen of England

The Empress Matilda hears the plea of Matilda of Boulogne, wife of Stephen of Blois who had usurped England's throne and whom the Empress' forces had captured.

Matilda and Stephen were the model medieval couple.

Empress Matilda, Lady of the English

Empress Matilda

Here lies the daughter, wife, and mother of Henry.

How did the expansion of royal authority affect the traditional ruling institutions during the reigns of Henry II and Philip II Augustus?

The coronation of Philippe II Auguste in the presence of Henry II of England

The study of the Angevin kings can be seen as effectivelyseparating Henry II and his successors from mere kings of England and can be seen asresponsible for highlighting the continental origins of these kings.

“In Muliere Exhibeas Virum”: Women, Power and Authority in Early Twelfth Century Anglo-Norman Chronicles

Empress Matilda

This thesis analyses the relationship of women with power and authority within the context of the evidence provided by early twelfth-century Anglo-Norman chronicles between 1095 and 1154.

“So Stirring a Woman Was She”: A Closer Look at Early Modern Representations of Matilda, Lady of the English

Empress Matilda

I demonstrate what early modern subjects thought about their own queens by showing how authors and historians wrote about Matilda before, during, and after the reigns of Queens of Mary I and Elizabeth I

Excusing the Inexcusable: Abbots Who Diminish the Patrimony, and the Monks Who Love Them Anyway

Ely_Cathedral (by_John_Buckler)

This paper was part of the fantastic SESSION IV: Abbots between Ideals and Institutions, 10th–12th Centuries. This paper focused on the writing about abbots during the tumultuous period of Stephen’s reign.

A Historiography of Chastity in the Marriage of Edith of Wessex and Edward the Confessor

Edith of Wessex

While records of Edith’s life and her marriage to Edward are poor, the historiography of those who narrated her life after her death is rich. In some ways, the historiography of her life was directly related to that of her husband’s.

The Arthur of the chronicles

King Arthur

Even if we cannot accept the claim made by Geoffrey in his introduction that his putative source was ‘attractively composed to form a consecutive andorderly narrative’, he certainly made extensive use ofWelsh genealogies andking-lists.

Many Motives: Geoffrey of Monmouth and the Reasons For His Falsification of History

British Library MS Cotton Claudius B VII f.224, Geoffrey of Monmouth's Prophetiae Merlini.

It is clear to most modern historians who have studied Geoffrey’s Historia that its contents bear little to no resemblance to real events. Even in Geoffrey’s own lifetime many historians condemned the work.

Partners in Rule: A Study of Twelfth-Century Queens of England

Eleanor of Aquitaine on the left with a companion, probably Isabella of Angoulême, from a mural in the Chapel of St. Radegund, Chinon

The queens of twelfth-century England provide a prime example of how the queen was not, in fact, powerless in the rule of her realm, but rather a significant governmental official who had the opportunity to take a complementary part in royal rule that suited her strengths.

Politics, power and prestige : the historiography of medieval English queens, 1821-1998

Politics, power and prestige : the historiography of medieval English queens, 1821-1998 Forget, Natalie Erica (The University of Guelph)  Thesis: M.A. Arts, University of Guelph, August (1998) Abstract This thesis is an investigation of the histories of medieval English queens published h m 1821 to 1998. The purpose of this study is to highlight how […]

All the Queen’s Men: Perceptions of Women in Power

Æðelflæd, Lady of Mercia

All the Queen’s Men: Perceptions of Women in Power Burkett, Mona Master’s Thesis, University of Minnesota, (2009) Abstract Throughout the middle Ages, women were in a subordinate position to their male counterparts. At the same time, however, they could also hold positions of authority that conferred power. This paradox, women who were both weak and […]

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