Matilda: William the Conqueror’s queen

That England wasn't entirely consumed by violence in the years following the Norman Conquest is a tribute to the diplomatic skills of William I's wife, Matilda. Tracy Borman hails a woman who "inspired a new model of queenship"...

A statue of the English queen Matilda in Luxembourg Garden, Paris. (Photo by Waring Abbott/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the October 2011 issue of BBC History Magazine 

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