A Tale of Two Matildas

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Saturday 15 September 
The Great Hall, Castle Avenue, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8UJ

Explore Winchester through the lens of the Battle of Winchester, 1141, & two extraordinary women who were a part of it - Empress Matilda & Queen Matilda.  

This guided walk is led by Dr Katherine Weikert, Senior Lecturer in early Medieval European History at the University of Winchester.

On the walk you will explore Winchester through the lens of the Battle of Winchester, 1141, and two extraordinary women who were a part of it, the Empress Matilda and the Queen Matilda. Fighting on different sides, both women were important parts of this battle which had the Kingdom of England and the Dukedom of Normandy at stake: the Empress fighting for her right to rule, and the Queen for her husband’s, King Stephen. The nineteen-year civil war ultimately led to the ascension of Empress Matilda’s son, Henry II to the throne, ushering in the Plantagenet dynasty.

This walk will start at the terrace of the Great Hall, continue through the city stopping to take in additional points such as Queen Emma’s freehold, the Norman palace, and the Cathedral, adding to the rich tapestry of Conquest-era Winchester and placing the city in its important context in the eleventh and twelfth century. The walk will end at the Bishop’s Palace.

PLEASE NOTE that as of 18th July the first release of tickets have all been taken. A couple of additional tickets are being released on 2nd August, and thereafter we will manage a short cancellation/wait list.

This event is part of the Heritage Open Days, for more information about Heritage Open Days and other events, visit: www.winchesterheritageopendays.org

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