Matilda of Flanders
Matilda of Flanders, was born in 1031 to parents Baldwin V the Count of Flanders and Adele of France, daughter of Robert II of France and Constance of Arles. Matilda’s mother Adele was a religious woman, later known as “Adele the Holy,” who oversaw her daughter’s education.
Matilda’s early years were spent in Lille, Northern France. She fell in love with Brihtric an English Ambassador to Flanders, but he rebuffed her advances. Some years later she acted as Regent for William I of England. She confiscated Brihtric’s lands, and had him thrown in prison, where he died. (A scorned woman got her revenge).
Duke William of Normandy sent his representatives to the Court of the Count of Flanders, asking for the hand of Matilda in marriage. His request was denied by Matilda, she would not marry the illegitimate son of “Robert the Devil.”
A furious William, rode…
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