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From: Robert Helmerichs <>
Subject: Re: Matilda, Queen of Henry I
Date: Thu, 09 Aug 2001 21:55:08 -0500
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On Thu, 2 Aug 2001 17:32:39 +0100, "D. Spencer Hines"
>I suspect it is simply a method of helping the reader to differentiate
>between Henry I's mother and his first wife without becoming unduly
Sorry for the delay -- I've been a week without newsgroup access due
to a change in ISP.
Warren Hollister actually got the "Matilda I, II, III" nomenclature
from his student Lois Huneycutt, who wrote her dissertation (and
forthcoming monograph) on Matilda II. She thought it was confusing
having Queen Matildas in three sucessive generations, all of whom
played a role in her work, and came up with the numerical designations
as an economical way of distinguishing. Warren enthusiastically
picked up the habit, and it has since spread though the Haskins
Society, although it is not yet universal.
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