• Hay Festival 2019

    I had a great time talking about Matilda at the Hay Festival on 28 May. Many thanks to all who came along and engaged brilliantly, and to all those who came to speak to me and/or buy a book afterwards.

  • Hay Festival

    It’s the place we all want to go to … I’m delighted to say that I’ll be talking about Matilda at the Hay Festival, on Tuesday 28 May at 4pm. Please come and join me! Details here: https://www.hayfestival.com/p-15389-catherine-hanley.aspx

  • Kings and Queens weekend

    I’m happy to say that I will be speaking at BBC History magazine’s ‘Kings and Queens’ weekend on 2-3 March, on the subject of ‘Matilda: The Greatest King England Never Had’. More details of the event are available on the HistoryExtra website – hope to see you there!

  • Matilda

    My latest book: Matilda, will be published by Yale University Press in the UK on 12 March 2019, and in the US on 23 April 2019.  Matilda was a daughter, wife, and mother. But she was also empress, heir to the English crown—the first woman ever to hold the position—and an able military general. This new biography explores Matilda’s achievements as military and political leader, and sets her life and career in full context. Catherine Hanley provides fresh insight into Matilda’s campaign to claim the title of queen, her approach to allied kingdoms and rival rulers, and her role in the succession crisis. Hanley highlights how Matilda fought for the throne,…

  • Give Up the Dead

    Give Up the Dead, the fifth novel in my ‘mediaeval mystery’ series, was published in the UK on 23 July 2018. Give Up the Dead takes Edwin Weaver on a dangerous mission to England’s south coast, where a French invasion fleet is approaching.