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Matilda: Queen of the Conqueror by Tracy Borman

Posted By Claire on February 9, 2012

Although Matilda, wife of William the Conqueror, is way out of my area of expertise (Tudor history), I jumped at the chance to read Matilda, when Jonathan Cape publishing offered me the chance, because I always find strong historical women interesting. I had also thoroughly enjoyed Borman’s book on Elizabeth, Elizabeth’s Women.

I read Matilda in just a few days because it captivated me. It was an historical biography but it wasn’t heavy, it was a thrilling story. Now, I’m certainly not an expert on the period, on William or on Matilda, so I cannot pass judgement on Borman’s level of historical accuracy, but I can say that it was a wonderful read and that I enjoyed every minute of it. By the end of it, I felt that I had really got to know this incredible woman who was more than just a consort, she ruled alongside her husband and was strong and important in her own right. I felt I knew the real Matilda and I had fallen under her spell. Borman’s writing style had really drawn me into Matilda’s story.

What is thrilling about Matilda’s story is that it actually has all the ingredients of a novel, yet it is true. We have love and passion, power, betrayal, victory and defeat, bloodshed, rivalry, strong characters, a family saga… Exciting stuff! Combine that with an author who has obvious passion for her subject, a knowledge of the period and the willingness to challenge traditional historical perceptions of Matilda and her family, and you have a top-notch book. This petite but formidable queen steps off the page and comes to life in front of you.

Matilda: Queen of the Conqueror is a must read for anyone interested in the Norman Conquest or England’s Queens, or, in fact, anyone who loves strong historical characters like Eleanor of Aquitaine, Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth I… You certainly won’t be disappointed.


Title: Matilda: Queen of the Conqueror in the UK, Queen of the Conqueror: The Life of Matilda Wife of William I in the USA.
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 320 pages
Publisher: Jonathan Cape (September 2011)
ISBN-10: 0224090550
ISBN-13: 978-0224090551
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One Response to “Matilda: Queen of the Conqueror by Tracy Borman”

  1. Sabrina says:

    This sounds like an interesting read… I will definetly have to check it out when it’s available here in the US.

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