College of Arts and Sciences
Primary Subject Area
History, Medieval; History, European
European History | History of Gender | Medieval History
Hardee, Catherine R., "The Softness of Her Sex: Matilda’s Role in the English Civil War of 1138-1153" (2012). Senior Honors Theses. 316.
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.