Warriors: Matilda of Tuscany

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Of Tuscany. Matilda was born in ten. Forty six in Luca Tuscany. She was the daughter of a prominent ruler in northern Italy. When she was just six years old her father was assassinated. Her siblings died soon. After making Mathilde the sole heir to her family's Fortune Matilda's mother then married the Duke of Upper Lorraine an enemy of the Holy Roman Emperor Henry the third in response the Emperor Kidnap Matilda and her mother and brought them to Germany. He kept them as hostages for a year until he eventually reconciled with the Duke. That experience marked the beginning of Matilda's lifelong animosity towards the Holy Roman emperor. Matilda married the Duke Son in ten sixty nine and they had a child who passed away as an infant after that. Matilda move back to Italy with her mother to rule like her father. Matilda was a stringent supporter of the pope. She became close friends with Pope. Gregory the seventh and was involved in his conflict with the emperor when Henry the fourth became holy Roman Emperor. He and Pope Gregory clashed over the power balance of the Holy Roman Empire. Henry pushed to increase the power of the emperor over the clergy insisting that he had the right to appoint new bishops pope. Gregory wanted to preserve his power and excommunicated Henry the pope also passed a resolution that stunted. Henry's power staving. Henry's underlings had no obligation to obey him. Henry feared the possibility of a rebellion. So in the harsh winter of ten seventy seven he made the long journey to Matilda's castle and Canosa to meet Pope Gregory and beg his forgiveness. After being forced to wait in the cold for three days Henry was permitted to enter the gates cook humiliated Henry further. I making him walk barefoot through the snow and kneel at his feet and penance. This became an iconic historical seen right. Matilda's Gregory revoked Henry's excommunication but the conflict didn't end there. Henry was excommunicated two more times for other offenses after his excommunication in ten eighty Matilda remained at war with him for over two decades. Sometimes she would don armor and personally lead her troops into battle. She also helped finance. The pope's military operations Mathilde battled against Henry until his death in eleven o six in their final conflict. Matilda gathered an army of local small landowners. Who were familiar with the territory there? Quick communication gave them an edge over the emperor. Soldiers Matilda herself wrote on the battlefield surrounded by a small group of loyal men. Henry's battalion found difficult terrain and watch towers raining spears at every turn. Though the Imperial Army was strong these small advantages turned the tide in favor of Mathilde allowing her to hold the territory of northern Italy. Not only was she victorious. Mathilde strategy one over several towns to her side united against imperial rule. Henry never put up much of a fight again. Mathilde forced to soldiers to retreat. Whenever she showed up to lead her army she also lets successful sieges of several more cities in ten ninety. Three MATHILDE convinced Emperor Henry Son to rebel against him and seize the crown. Eventually after Henry. The Fourth Death Matilda made peace with the Imperial Establishment. Before passing away and

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