Empress Matilda

Queens Regnant – Empress Matilda

Matilda of England, or Empress Matilda as she is perhaps better known, was born circa 7 February 1102 as the daughter of King Henry I of England and Matilda of Scotland. Matilda had a younger legitimate brother, William Adelin, and around 22 illegitimate half-siblings. We don’t know much about her early life, but she was [read more]

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Finding a King and maybe a Princess at Reading Abbey

Richard III’s discovery and burial have prompted the search for another King. King Henry I was the son of William the Conqueror and Matilda of Flanders. He had two legitimate children, William Adelin, who drowned in the White Ship disaster and Matilda, whose son Henry would eventually follow Henry’s nephew Stephen on the throne. Henry [read more]

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Empress Matilda

Matilda of Anjou – The forgotten Princess

Matilda of Anjou is another Queen-to-be that we never got to see in action. She remains quite unknown to the public, and I cannot even locate a contemporary portrait or even a description of her. When searching for her, I often find references to her more famous sister-in-law who was also coincidentally named Matilda, and [read more]

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Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen

Burial places of the Queens and Consorts of England

Funeral cortege of Elizabeth I of England Ælfgifu of Shaftesbury – Shaftesbury Abbey (Shaftesbury, UK) Ruins Ælfgifu – Winchester Cathedral (Winchester, UK) Elfrida – Wherwell Abbey (Wherwell, UK) Demolished Ælfgifu of York – Unknown Ealdgyth (wife of Edmund Ironside) – Unknown Emma of Normandy – First in Old Minster Cathedral (Winchester,UK). Bones now in Winchester Cathedral (Winchester, UK) [read more]