Thursday, May 01, 2008

Queen Matilda of England

On this date in our family history . . . the 1st day of May . . . in the year 1118 . . . Queen Matilda of England dies (at the age of 38) at Westminster Palace in London, England . . . burial is in Westminster Abbey . . . this Matilda is the wife of King Henry the Fowler . . . and is thought to be a 24th great-grandma to our Josephine (1842-1899) . . . who is a 2nd great-grandma to the Keeper of this blog . . .

Lives of the queens of England from the Norman conquest By Agnes Strickland: "No Text"

"son again Resigned and perfect in all the duties of her high calling the dying queen remained during this trying season in her palace at Westminster 1 lonely though surrounded with all the splendour of royalty enduring with patience the separation from her beloved consort and children and affording to the last hour of her life a beautiful example of piety and self denial She expired on the 1st of May 1118 3 passionately lamented by every class of the people to whom her virtues aud wisdom had rendered her inexpressibly dear According to the most ancient chroniclers the king her husband was much afflicted when the intelligence of Matilda"

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