Catherine Hanley is a writer and researcher specializing in the Middle Ages. She is the author of Louis and War and Combat, 1150-1270 and a contributor to the Oxford Encyclopedia of Medieval Warfare and Military Technology.
"Impressive study"-Kathryn Hughes, The Guardian
"A lively and authoritative account"- Katherine Harvey, Times Literary Supplement
"A fine example of the genre"-Tony Barber, The Financial Times
"This volume is designed for a wide readership and deserves to find one" -Sean McGlynn, The Spectator
"A lively and illuminating biography" -Peter Marshall, Literary Review
"An accessible and engaging history" -Rod McLary, Queensland Reviewers Collective
"The biography of Matilda I've been waiting for: as clear-sighted, forthright and formidable as the Empress herself. Catherine Hanley combines lucid scholarship with page-turning narrative; military expertise with a fine-grained understanding of the challenges facing a twelfth-century woman who sought to rule. The result - authoritative, human, and utterly compelling - is a triumph."-Helen Castor, author of She-Wolves