Matilda of Tuscany
Defender of the Pope
Fiery defender of the pope who made kings kneel before her.
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The staging of the piece is meant to make it look like the king is bowing to Matilda, although he’s actually bowing to the pope.
Although this is based on as much period reference of Canossa and the figures involved as I could find, it’s one of the book entries I tackled the earliest – and I got better at researching as I went, so there may be better reference out there.
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