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Rough Wooing

Tom Shippey: Queen Matilda

17 November 2011
Matilda: Queen of the Conqueror 
by Tracy Borman.
Cape, 297 pp., £20, September 2011, 978 0 224 09055 1
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... almost silent about Æthelflæd, however, probably deliberately: her Wessex dynasty wanted to suppress any revival of Mercian demands for independence. And the same seems to be true of the topic TracyBorman has now chosen, Matilda, wife of William the Conqueror. Borman, now chief executive of the Heritage Education Trust, has already published two books looking at female figures of the past. King ...

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