The Empress Matilda

The Empress Matilda

Female 1102 - 1167  (65 years)

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  • Born 7 Feb 1102  London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    History 1126  [3
    She was also known as the Empress Maud.

    In 1126, Maud’s father, Henry I, had her declared heir presumptive. When he died in 1135, she went to Normandy to claim her inheritance. England, however, declared Stephen of Blois king. In 1139, Maud landed in England with 140 knights, and besieged Arundel Castle. A civil war ensued with Stephen being captured in February 1141 in Lincoln and imprisoned in Bristol. Eventually an agreement was reached where Stephen continued as King, but upon his death, Maud’s son, Henry would become King of England. 
    Died 10 Sep 1167  Rouen, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5
    Buried Bec Abbey, Le Bec-Hellouin, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Agency: Bec Abbey 
    Bec Abbey
    Bec Abbey
    Burial Place of the Norman Royalty



    Siblings 4 siblings 
    Person ID I2459  | Roy Line, Boudreau Line
    Last Modified 26 Aug 2019 

    Father Henry I "Beauclerc", King of England (1100-1135),   b. 1070, Selby, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Dec 1135, Lyons-la-Forêt, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Mother Matilda of Scotland,   b. 1079, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 May 1118  (Age 39 years) 
    Married 11 Nov 1100 
    Family ID F1739  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Henry V, Holy Roman Emperor,   b. 1086,   d. 23 May 1125  (Age 39 years) 
    Married 7 Jan 1114  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    • No issue.
    Last Modified 26 Aug 2019 
    Family ID F1902  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Geoffrey V Plantagenet, Count of Anjou, Duke of Normandy,   b. 24 Nov 1113, Anjou, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Sep 1151, Château-du-Loir, Pays de la Loire, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years) 
    Married 22 May 1127  Le Mans, Pays de la Loire, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8
    Notes 
    • Richardson (2004) gives their marriage date as 17 June 1128. [3]
    Children 
    +1. Henry II "Curt Mantel", King of England (1154-1189),   b. 5 Mar 1132/33, Le Mans, Pays de la Loire, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jul 1189, Château Chinon, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
     2. Sir Geoffrey VI of Anjou, Count of Anjou and Nantes,   b. 1 Jun 1134, Rouen, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jul 1158  (Age 24 years)
     3. William Longespée, Vicomte de Dieppe,   b. 21 Jul 1136, Argentan, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jan 1163/64, Rouen, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 27 years)
    Last Modified 13 Aug 2019 
    Family ID F1901  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 7 Feb 1102 - London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 22 May 1127 - Le Mans, Pays de la Loire, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 10 Sep 1167 - Rouen, Normandy, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Agency: Bec Abbey - - Bec Abbey, Le Bec-Hellouin, Normandy, France Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    The Empress Matilda
    The Empress Matilda

  • Sources 
    1. [S309] Fraser, Antonia. The Lives of the Kings & Queens of England, (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1975).

    2. [S60] Stuart, Roderick W. Royalty for Commoners, The Complete Known Lineage of John of Gaunt, Son of Edward III, King of England, and Queen Philippa Fourth Edition, (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2002).

    3. [S307] Richardson, Douglas. Plantagenet Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2004).

    4. [S59] Weis, Frederick Lewis. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 Fifth Edition, (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1982).

    5. [S63] von Redlisch, Marcellus Donald Alexander R. Pedigrees of Some of the Emperor Charlemagne's Descendants volume 1 , (Cottonport, Louisiana: Order of the Crown of Charlemagne, 1941).

    6. [S308] Moriarty, G. Andrews. The Origin of the Plantagenets, (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, volume XCIX, January 1945).

    7. [S310] Moriarty, G. Andrews. The Descent of the Plantagenet Kings from the Holy Roman Emperors, (Boston: The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, volume CI, January 1947).

    8. [S65] Sewell, Robert James. Sewell: A History of the Sewell Family from the Earliest Times, (unknown: manuscript, March 2008).



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