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Queen Consort of England Matilda of Flanders
27 generations from the origin. Great x 25 grandmother.
Birth: 1032, Caen, Calvados, Normandy, France;
Death: Nov 2, 1083; Caen, Calvados, Normandy, France;
Age: 51

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  • Queen Consort of England - Dates: 1052-1083


Matilda of Flanders (c. 1031 – 2 November 1083) was Queen consort of the Kingdom of England and the wife of William the Conqueror.

She was the daughter of count Baldwin V of Flanders, and Adela Capet (1000-1078/9), daughter of Robert II of France.

A spoiled young lady accustomed to speaking her mind and getting her way, the 4'2"-tall (Britain's smallest queen) Matilda (or "Maud") told the representative of William, Duke of Normandy (later king of England as William the Conqueror), who had come asking for her hand, that she was far too high-born (being descended from King Alfred the Great of England) to consider marrying a bastard. When that was repeated to him, William, all 5'10" of him, rode from Normandy to Bruges, found Matilda on her way to church, dragged her off her horse (some said by her long braids), threw her down in the street in front of her flabbergasted attendants, and then rode off. After that, she decided to marry him, and even a papal ban (on the grounds of consanguinity) did not dissuade her. They were married in 1052.

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Count of Flanders Baldwin V
1012 - Sep 1, 1067
Princess Adela Capet of France
1009 - Jun 5, 1063
Primary or Last Marriage:
Date: 1052, Place: , Status: Marriage, Note:
King of England William I
Oct 14, 1024 - Sep 9, 1087
Princess of England Gundred
Great x 24 grandmother
1063 - 1085
King of England Henry I
Great x 25 grandfather
Feb 21, 1068 - Jan 12, 1135
Princess Adela Countess of Blois
Great x 26 grandmother
c. 1062 - March 8, 1137
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