The Lady Matilda, beautiful and brilliant widowed daughter of Count, Baldwin, disdained all talk of the low born bastard William of Normandy as husband, but she reckoned without a will as strong as her own. And they proved to be well matched. Holding closely to the known facts of history, Gerson has told the story of a marriage against the period when William and Harold of England pitted strength and wits with the throne of Edward the Confessor the stake. The Lady Matilda played no mean part- and on her decision to spare Harold, chance placed in William's hands, William blamed the necessity for taking war to England's shores. But once the Battle of estings was won and the throne of England his, William sent for Matilda, and made her his queen. It is a vivid picture of the times, but one stumbles now and again over Gerson's interpretation and exposition of the emotions and the thinking of the times is terms that might be placed in any modern age. Of sturdy fabric, however, the characters and the story stand the test.