Saturday, 10 September 2016

On this Day: Death of Empress Matilda

Born in 1102, Matilda was the eldest child of Henry I and Matilda of Scotland, the death of her younger brother William Adelin, on the 25th November 1120 caused a succession crisis, known to us today as The Anarchy. 

King Henry I’s only son and heir had perished when the ship in which he was travelling sank in the English Channel. Following this tragedy, Henry made his daughter Matilda his heir when she married Geoffrey Plantagenet, Count of Anjou.

Empress Matilda's story can be read on my blog at

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