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, 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.