de Flandre,  Queen of England Matilda

de Flandre, Queen of England Matilda

Female 1031 - 1083  (52 years)

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  • Name de Flandre, Matilda  [1
    Title Queen of England 
    Born 1031  Flandre, Somme, Picardie, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Find A Grave Memorial 8375320 
    Title Countess of Flandre 
    Died 02 Nov 1083  Caen, Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Caen, Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Saint-Trinitie Church
    Person ID I6524  Sullivan Burgess Family Tree | Ancestors of President Cleveland, Ancestors of President Fillmore, Ancestors of President Hayes, William The Conqueror Descendent
    Last Modified 1 Jan 2017 

    Father Baldwin V,   b. Abt 1012, Flanders, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Sep 1067, Lille, Nord, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 55 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Adèle,   b. 05 Mar 1009, Toulouse, Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrénées, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Jan 1078, Mesen, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married Abt 1028  Paris, Île-de-France, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2439  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family de Normandie, William I,   b. 14 Oct 1024, Falaise, Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Sep 1087, Hermenbraville, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, Haute-Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Married 1050  Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. de Normandie, Robert ll,   b. Abt 1053, Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1134, Cardiff, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 81 years)  [natural]
     2. de Normandie, Richard,   b. Abt 1054, Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1081, New Forest, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 27 years)  [natural]
     3. de Normandie, Cecilia,   b. Abt 1055, Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jul 1126, Caen, Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 71 years)  [natural]
     4. de Normandie, William ll,   b. Abt 1056, Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Aug 1100, New Forest, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 44 years)  [natural]
     5. de Normandie, Alice or Adbelahide,   b. Abt 1057, Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1065  (Age ~ 8 years)  [natural]
     6. de Normandie, Mathilda,   b. 1059, Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1112  (Age < 52 years)  [natural]
     7. de Normandie, Constance,   b. Abt 1061, Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Aug 1090, Haute-Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 29 years)  [natural]
     8. de Normandie, Adaele,   b. Abt 1062, Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Mar 1135, Aquitaine, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years)  [natural]
    +9. de Normandie, Gundred,   b. Abt 1063, Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 May 1085, Castle Acre, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 22 years)  [natural]
     10. de Normandie, Agatha,   b. Abt 1064, Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1080, Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 15 years)  [natural]
     11. de Normandie, Henry I,   b. 1068, Selby, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Dec 1135, St Denis, Cher, Centre, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 1 Jan 2017 
    Family ID F2418  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1031 - Flandre, Somme, Picardie, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1050 - Normandie, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 02 Nov 1083 - Caen, Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Caen, Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Matilda
    Matilda
    Matilda of Flandre
    Matilda of Flandre

    Documents
    Matilda and William Sign
    Matilda and William Sign

    Headstones
    de Flandre, Matilda Grave Stone
    de Flandre, Matilda Grave Stone

  • Notes 
    • Matilda was the daughter of Baldwin V, Count of Flandre, and Adèle (1000-1078 9), daughter of Robert II of France.

      At 4'2" (127 cm) tall, Matilda was England's smallest queen, according to the Guinness Book of Records. According to legend, Matilda (or "Maud") told the representative of William, Duke de Normandie (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 rode from Normandy to Bruges, found Matilda on her way to Church, dragged her off her horse by her long braids, threw her down in the street in front of her flabbergasted attendants, and then rode off. Another version of the story states that William rode to Matilda's Father's house in Lille, threw her to the ground in her room (again, by the braids), and hit her (or violently shook her) before leaving. Naturally Baldwin took offense at this but, before they drew swords, Matilda settled the matter. by deciding to marry him, and even a papal ban (on the grounds of consanguinity) did not dissuade her. They were married in 1053.

      There were rumours that Matilda had been in love with the English ambassador to Flanders, a Saxon named Brihtric, who declined her advances. Whatever the truth of the matter, years later when she was acting as Regent for William in England, she used her authority to confiscate Brihtric's lands and throw him into prison, where he died.

      When William was preparing to invade England, Matilda outfitted a ship, the Mora, out of her own money and gave it to him. For many years it was thought that she had some involvement in the creation of the Bayeux Tapestry (commonly called La Tapisserie de la Reine Mathilde in French), but historians no longer believe that; it seems to have been commissioned by William's half-brother Odo, Bishop of Bayeux, and made by English artists in Kent.

      Matilda bore William eleven children, and he was believed to have been faithful to her, at least up until the time their son Robert rebelled against his Father and Matilda sided with Robert against William. After she died, in 1083 at the age of 51, William became tyrannical, and people blamed it on his having lost her. Contrary to the belief that she was buried at St Stephen's, also called l'Abbaye-aux-Hommes in Caen, Normandy, where William was eventually buried, she is intombed at l'Abbaye aux Dames, which is the Sainte-Trinité Church, also in Caen. Of particular interest is the 11th century slab, a sleek black stone decorated with her epitaph, marking her grave at the rear of the Church. It is of special note since the grave marker for William was replaced as recently as the beginning of the 19th century. In 1961, their graves were opened and their bones measured, proving their physical statures.

  • Sources 
    1. [S674] Netherlands, Birth, Death, Marriage and Tree Indexs.
      Record for Countess Flanders Adèle Adela Capet