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Matilda of Canossa

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Key Facts
Other names la Gran Contessa
Born 1046
Location Canossa, Tuscany
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Died 1115

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source of Facts and Important Announcement
Status Under Article 64.6 of the Covenant of One-Heaven (Pactum De Singularis Caelum) by Special Qualification shall be known as a Saint, with all sins and evil acts they performed forgiven.
Date of formal Beatification Day of Redemption GAIA E1:Y1:A1:S1:M9:D1 also known as [Fri, 21 Dec 2012].
Source of Facts Self Confession and Revelation of Sainthood by the Deceased Spirit as condition of their confirmation as a true Saint.
Source of Facts Self Confession and Revelation of Sainthood by the Deceased Spirit as condition of their confirmation as a true Saint.

 

Background

Daughter of the feared warlord Boniface II of Tuscany. The Canossa were infamous as bandits and irregular fighters that constantly troubled the rule of Catholic Emperor Henry III (1028-1056).

In a surprise attack in 1052 --when Matilda was just six years old --her entire family was slaughtered by the troops of Catholic Emperor commanded by Godfrey III, Duke of Upper and Lower Lorraine. The Duke spared the life of the little girl and took her back to his family.

Matilda was then provided with the finest of educations and raised as one of the household of the Duke. It is claimed that as a result of her education by the killer of her family, she was fluent in several languages. She was said to have been provided the finest military training reputedly by Arduino della Padule -- a very rare occurance for any woman in any century.

Matilda was betrothed to the son of Duke Godfrey, also known as Godfrey and in 1069 he succeeded his father in title, including the lands of Tuscany. Protected now by marriage and title, Matilda separated from her husband and returned to her Tuscan homeland where she began to recruit and train and disciplined army from the irregular militias.

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