On 11 November 1100 King Henry I (1068–1135), fourth son of William the Conqueror, married Matilda, the daughter of Malcolm III of Scotland in Westminster Abbey on November 11, 1100. Although Henry and Matilda were emotionally close, their union was also politically motivated. Matilda was a member of the West Saxon royal family, being the niece of Edgar the Ætheling, the great-granddaughter of Edmund Ironside and a descendant of Alfred the Great. For Matilda, an ambitious woman, it was an opportunity for high status and power in England.

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On 11 November 1100 King Henry I (1068–1135), fourth son of William the Conqueror, married Matilda, the daughter of Malcolm III of Scotland in Westminster Abbey on November 11, 1100. Although Henry and Matilda were emotionally close, their union was also politically motivated. Matilda was a member of the West Saxon royal family, being the niece of Edgar the Ætheling, the great-granddaughter of Edmund Ironside and a descendant of Alfred the Great.  For Matilda, an ambitious woman, it was an opportunity for high status and power in England. Stock Photo
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On 11 November 1100 King Henry I (1068–1135), fourth son of William the Conqueror, married Matilda, the daughter of Malcolm III of Scotland in Westminster Abbey on November 11, 1100. Although Henry and Matilda were emotionally close, their union was also politically motivated. Matilda was a member of the West Saxon royal family, being the niece of Edgar the Ætheling, the great-granddaughter of Edmund Ironside and a descendant of Alfred the Great. For Matilda, an ambitious woman, it was an opportunity for high status and power in England.
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On 11 November 1100 King Henry I (1068–1135), the fourth son of William the Conqueror married Matilda, the daughter of Malcolm III of Scotland in Westminster Abbey on November 11, 1100. Although Henry and Matilda were emotionally close, their union was also certainly politically motivated. Matilda had originally been named Edith, an Anglo-Saxon name, and was a member of the West Saxon royal family, being the niece of Edgar the Ætheling, the great-granddaughter of Edmund Ironside and a descendant of Alfred the Great. For Henry, marrying Matilda gave his reign increased legitimacy, and for Matilda, an ambitious woman, it was an opportunity for high status and power in England.
Location: Westminster Abbey, London, UK