Matilda of Flanders
Abbaye aux Dames, Caen
About 1050 AD, William
the Conqueror married Matilda of Flanders. Because they were both rich Normans,
and there weren't that many rich Normans yet at this time, they were distantly
related to each other. The Pope
had said that people who were related shouldn't get married, even if they
were only second cousins or even third or fourth or fifth cousins. William's enemies pointed this out to the Pope, and they got the Pope to say that God was against this marriage.
To get God on their
side again, William and Matilda promised to build two big abbeys in Caen.
William built an abbey for
men, and Matilda built another
one for women.
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