"cw gortner" wrote: Was Matilda/Stephan conflict upfront and center in the novel, too? It did seem like they were trying to fit in a "royal" angle.
No, it was very much in the background. I think they decided that the best way of explaining the historical context was to dramatise it. Good idea in theory, but for me it ended up being a bit of a distraction. Also, they seem to have decided to portray Stephen as the villain and Matilda as the Wronged Woman - the book wasn't anywhere near as black and white as I recall.