Matilda Of Flanders, Queen To William The Conqueror Was Beautiful, Exquisitely Small, Clever, With A Perfect Courtesy Trained In The Rigid School Of Medieval Manners But Within Lay A Root Of Darkness Inheritance, Perhaps, Of Viking Ancestors Twice, At Least, In Her Lifetime The Viking Streak Broke Through, In Vengeance On A Faithless Lover, In Fury Wreaked On A Rival Of The Marriage Bed The Marriage, Though Fruitful Of So Many Children, Was On Her Side No Match Of Love But A Passionate Loyalty To Her Husband, An Equally Passionate Ambition, Together With Her Own Sense Of Justice, Gave Her The Will And The Skill To Dissemble Her Feelings And To Make Her The Praise Of Christendom No Queen Ever Wielded So Much Power As She In The Long Years She Ruled Normandy Before Her No Woman In England Was Ever Crowned Or Was Known As Queen A great read and a different take on William the Conquerer Matilda changes from a naive teen to a formidable queen a journey we share with her Her love and concern for her children resonate with every mother Watching helplessly while her husband insists on a wrong course finds an echo with many wives Yet, her unfailing courtesy and her submission to her husband are unparalleled I admit that the deterioration of the relationship between William and his heir was shocking and new too I intend to educate myself and further read on the subject In my opinion the mark of a great book is to leave you asking for. This historical novel about William the Conqueror AKA William the Bastard was first published in 1966 I m guessing to tie into the Norman Conquest of 1066 The author, who died in 1972, is known for period detail and there is plenty of detail in this story about on Matilda, the wife of William of Normandy Almost too much detail Matilda was a strong willed woman She was quite small, something that was mentioned often in the book Another source says she was 4 ft 2 inches tall She gave birth to at least 7 children She was co regent of Normandy while William was in England, and although she spent little time in England, she was crowned Queen of England She fought a long battle with her husband over the rights of her children both male 4 and female 3 William favored the third son, William Rufus Later William II over the older two sons The youngest son became Henry I after the death of his brother William II This fight over the rights of her children verses William s idea of power lasted almost all of their lives Of course it was rarely an open battle Matilda had to assert her will through persuasion and cunning An interesting look at a powerful woman I was interested enough to do additional research on the dynasty after finishing the book This was a touching reading The feelings, emotions, thoughts of the characters trough Hilda Lewis s writing, just flowed So shocking, so crude a reality of this mortal men and women, so tragic lives of this privileged people The last chapters were very hard to read, had to stop to recover my breath after each shocking event, narrated there The form of the narration was a bit difficult, but very interesting I like to read about William and Matilda s children, specially William Rufus and Henry, who I asume to have become Henry I of England Must see into it to confirm this Comparing this book with Georgette Heyer s The Conqueror, there is big difference in style and structure, the language used by each author, etc But both are consuming, attractive books, stating facts and fiction in a masterful way Heyer s book finishes with William s coronation, while Lewis book goes on to Matilda s death in a fantastic, entrapping way. Started out quite well, but lost steam about halfway through It is well written, and covers the life of a woman who has largely been forgotten or ignored by other novelists, but it should have been shorter by at least half. Yawn It started out okay, but just got and boring I had to force myself to finish it and the last 50 pages or so I just kept reading when I realized I had read a few paragraphs without comprehending So glad it ended with Matilda s death rather than her husband s so I didn t have to read another hundred pages If you want to read a novel about William the Conqueror, Bastard King by Jean Plaidy is much better. Excellent historical fiction piece detailing the life of Matilda, queen of England and wife of William the Conqueror Very nicely handled, with nice characters, good dialogue and narrative Highly recommend This was my favorite Hilda Lewis book so far Her other books have been slow at times, whereas this story had a plot that kept me engaged the whole time I m definitely interested to learn as much as I can about Matilda, and about William, after reading this. This is the first fictionalized account of Matilda of Flanders and William the Conqueror that I ve read It made me interested in learning I like Lewis writing style she does well creating the characters I particularly enjoyed her account of William Rufus as a bloodthirsty, disturbed child The relationship of the four sons and their rivalries is reminiscent of the well known four sons of Henry II We see Matilda reserving all of her love for her favorite eldest son, Robert, who is unloved and often unjustly passed over by his father, who gave him the unaffectionate nickname of Curthose England, despite being conquered by the Normans, is still a dangerous and unstable kingdom.William depends much of the wisdom of his wife to secure diplomacy both there and in Normandy This account of Matilda is of a strong capable woman, much like an Eleanor of Aquitaine Apparently, there had never been a crowned Queen of England until Matilda and she was the only woman with recognized power of her time I would like to better understand the turn of events I ve only read very brief accounts of Matilda in anthologies of queens consort Queen of the Conqueror by Tracy Borman is next on my list. Interesting POV, but god, did it drag.
Hilda Winifred Lewis n e Maizels, 1896 1974 was a British writer.She wrote a noted children s book, The Ship that Flew 1939 which concerns Norse mythology and time travel It was republished in the Oxford Children s Modern Classics series in 1998 Her three YA books, including the well received The Gentle Falcon, are available for Kindle and iBooks.Several of her historical novels, e.g I am M
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