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The Times. _"Mrs Huddy's choice of a subject is a clever one. Until the appearance of the volume now before us, there has not been in England any important study of Matilda, the 'Grande Comtessa' of Tuscany. Every history of the Popes or the Middle Ages, every account of Italy in the Eleventh Century, furnishes frag. ments about her; but there has been no consecutive record of her life. Yet she was one of the most dominant per: sonalities of the Middle Ages, and the greatest woman that they produced.”
The Daily News.—“Mrs Huddy has a fascinating subject in a famous lady. In undertaking the task of writing her life in English, Mrs Huddy is first in the field. She has told the story in considerable detail, and has covered a wide area. Mrs Huddy has a great subject. She has attempted to leave no part of this great drama of history untold. The story is full of interest, and brightened by romantic incident and picturesque de. scription."
The Pall Mall Gazette.—"Matilda was undoubtedly the most lustrous figure in the portrait gallery of her sex in the Latin world of the Middle Ages. She, indeed, played what may be called a decisive part in the governing crisis of mediæval Europe. The work is inherently piquant and possessing, dignified and eventful."