Senior Honors Theses

Publication Date

2012

School

College of Arts and Sciences

Major

History

Primary Subject Area

History, Medieval; History, European

Disciplines

European History | History of Gender | Medieval History

Abstract

This thesis examines the life of the Empress Matilda (1102-1167), focusing on how factors beyond her control directed much of its course. It discusses her attempts to take control of the political realm in England and the effect this had on her, her supporters, and her kingdom. It also analyzes her later years and influence on her son Henry II.

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