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From: "D. Spencer Hines" <>
Subject: Re: Matilda, Queen of Henry I
Date: Fri, 10 Aug 2001 04:10:09 +0100
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Methinks that Lois Huneycutt is turning her trivial personal problem into a Genealogical/Historical problem that need not exist ---- a not-uncommon vice among academics.
Matilda of Flanders.
Matilda of Scotland.
The Empress Matilda.
What could be simpler?
Let's don't conjure up monsters from the deep. Let's also hope that Matilda I, II, III doesn't become "universal". Somehow, I rather doubt that it will.
[N. B. Now, in lectures for slack-jawed undergraduates, and as intellectual shorthand ---- I don't see any problem with Matilda I, II and III. But not in a biography of Henry I of England. Tacky ---- and Cutesy-Poo. ---- DSH]
Fortem Posce Animum.
"The proper study of mankind is woman and, by common agreement since the time of Adam, it is the most complex and arduous." -- Henry Brooks Adams [1838-1918] -- _Mont-Saint Michel and Chartres_
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"Robert Helmerichs" <> wrote in message news:...
| On Thu, 2 Aug 2001 17:32:39 +0100, "D. Spencer Hines"
| <> wrote:
| >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.
| Robert Helmerichs: http://www.mm.com/user/rob