Empress Maud, Lady of the English

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Empress Mathilda, from "History of England" by St. Albans monks (15th century) Empress Mathilda, from “History of England” by St. Albans monks (15th century)

“Here lies the daughter, wife, and mother of Henry”

We would like to tell the story of Empress Maud who was never crowned Queen of England but caused civil war trying to attain her inheritance. Maud was also named Matilda but we will call her Maud to distinguish her from her mother, Matilda of Scotland and her grandmother, Matilda of Flanders. She took the title of “Lady of the English” but always preferred to be called Empress.

Maud was the daughter of King Henry I of England and Duke of Normandy and Matilda of Scotland. She was born, probably at Winchester in February of 1102. She had a brother William Adelin (Atheling) who was born in November 1103. Little is known about her early childhood. Her mother had a bad experience being educated in a nunnery so…

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