Born to King Malcolm of Scotland and his queen, St. Margaret, Queen Mathilda of England (also known as “Mathilda of Scotland”) has the greatest influence of anyone on the life of her daughter, Princess Maud. Known for her piety and generosity, Queen Mathilda is beloved by her subjects. She invites artists and musicians from all over Europe to come to her court and perform. Unlike many royal mothers, she also has a close relationship with her two children, Maud and William Ætheling.
The queen carries on correspondence with a number of famous figures, most notably Archbishop Anselm of Canterbury, whom she lovingly refers to as “Father Anselm”. She often passes on instruction to Maud in the form of scripture verses, poems, and sage advice. As the sister of the current king of Scotland, she continues to be interested in the politics of that kingdom and supports an enhanced role for her favorite brother, Prince David, who often comes to visit the English court.
Queen Mathilda is initially opposed to the plan of her husband, King Henry, to marry their young daughter to the German emperor. She is also pained by the king’s regular affairs, which have resulted in many illegitimate children. However, she does not prefer direct confrontation and will typically submit to the king’s wishes eventually, believing this to be the role of a dutiful royal consort. She has also learned how to play the king to her advantage at times.