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Catherine Hanley is a writer and researcher specializing in the Middle Ages. She is the author of Louis and War and Combat, 1150-1270 and a contributor to the Oxford Encyclopedia of Medieval Warfare and Military Technology.


"Impressive study"-Kathryn Hughes, The Guardian

"A lively and authoritative account"-Katherine Harvey, Times Literary Supplement

"A fine example of the genre"-Tony Barber, The Financial Times

"This volume is designed for a wide readership and deserves to find one"-Sean McGlynn, The Spectator

"A lively and illuminating biography"-Peter Marshall, Literary Review

"An accessible and engaging history"-Rod McLary, Queensland Reviewers Collective

"[A]n excellent and provocative study that straddles the line between the scholarly and the popular"-Lois Huneycutt, Royal Studies Journal

"The biography of Matilda I've been waiting for: as clear-sighted, forthright and formidable as the Empress herself. Catherine Hanley combines lucid scholarship with page-turning narrative; military expertise with a fine-grained understanding of the challenges facing a twelfth-century woman who sought to rule. The result - authoritative, human, and utterly compelling - is a triumph."-Helen Castor, author of She-Wolves

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