Talk: Matilda: The Greatest King England Never Had
When Henry I died in 1135, he left the English crown to his eldest legitimate child. It should have been the easiest succession imaginable, but it wasn’t – because Henry’s heir was not a son but a daughter. In her talk, medieval historian Catherine Hanley will introduce Matilda and examine her campaign to claim the throne.
Dr Catherine Hanley is a historian specialising in twelfth- and thirteenth-century warfare in western Europe. Her new book Matilda: Empress, Queen, Warrior will be published by Yale University Press in March 2019.