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A Tale of Two Matildas

Begins at The Great Hall, The Castle, Castle Avenue, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8UJ

Explore Winchester through the lens of the Battle of Winchester, 1141, & two extraordinary women who were a part of it - Empress Matilda & Queen Matilda.  PRE-BOOKING ESSENTIAL

This guided walk is led by Dr Katherine Weikert, Senior Lecturer in early Medieval European History at the University of Winchester.

On the walk you will explore Winchester through the lens of the Battle of Winchester, 1141, and two extraordinary women who were a part of it, the Empress Matilda and the Queen Matilda. Fighting on different sides, both women were important parts of this battle which had the Kingdom of England and the Dukedom of Normandy at stake: the Empress fighting for her right to rule, and the Queen for her husband’s, King Stephen. The nineteen-year civil war ultimately led to the ascension of Empress Matilda’s son, Henry II to the throne, ushering in the Plantagenet dynasty.

This walk will start at the terrace of the Great Hall, continue through the city stopping to take in additional points such as Queen Emma’s freehold, the Norman palace, and the Cathedral, adding to the rich tapestry of Conquest-era Winchester and placing the city in its important context in the eleventh and twelfth century. The walk will end at the Bishop’s Palace.

●  Saturday 15 September: 1200-1400

Booking Details:
Pre-booking: Required
There is no wait list, so first come first served!

Access Information:
The meeting point can be accessed without using the steps via the footpath from the Westgate. There will though be steps (~10) at one of the sites we will be visiting, and the paths at the Bishop Palace are unpaved and uneven.

Additional Information:
Max 15 people per tour/session. Between 1 and 2 hours. The walk will be exploring much of the historic centre of Winchester, and so please wear comfy shoes for walking in.