Tragic Matilda – Lady of Hay: The life and legends of Matilda de Braose

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Peter Ford

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Fifty years ago a ghostly skull was seen one night floating across the windows of the battered keep of Hay Castle. Was this the legendary Matilda de Braose (1155–1210) – otherwise known as the Lady of Haia (Hay) by the English or the giantess Moll Walbee by the local Welsh – returning to her home after being starved to death by King John?

No, it wasn’t. Just children playing with a lighted candle in a skull they had found hidden in a hole when they climbed up onto the castle walls. But it could have been, given the tumultuous life of this remarkable woman.

Matilda was an important, energetic, feisty lady married to the most powerful of the Marcher lords of the time. During her life, she fulfilled many roles including wife, mother, warrior, politician, castle-builder, arbitrator and ultimately martyr. She was married to William de Braose III, had 16 children, led her own army into Wales, was beseiged by a Welsh army, built Hay Castle in one night and died after being outlawed and starved to death by King John.

Such details are known, but there is much that is unrecorded or only faintly alluded to and, as a result, numerous stories about Matilda have arisen with varying degrees of possibility and probability. This book introduces the real story of Matilda de Braose in the context of her time, and explores the legends surrounding her.

Paperback | 96 pages | 210 x 148 mm | 2020
b&w illustrations
ISBN 978-1-910839-43-0

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