• "Tracy Borman tells this story with a steady eye and a steady hand, tracing what can be known of Matilda's part in the events that were to change the course of English history"

    Helen Castor, Literary Review
  • "Borman shows that Matilda was a capable regent and political operator... Matilda remains relevant: one legacy is her bloodline, which still rules in Britain today"

    Sunday Times
  • "A richly layered treatment of a stormy reign"

  • "Borman moves deftly between the difficult written sources... The often scanty details of Matilda's life are given more rounded form by viewing them in context"

    History Today
  • "Borman has expertly forged an absorbing biography from fragments of her personal history"