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Queenship and Power

Imperial Ladies of the Ottonian Dynasty

Women and Rule in Tenth-Century Germany

Authors: Jestice, Phyllis

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  • Examines elite Ottonian women, particularly Theophanu and Adelheid, in the context of attitudes toward women in Germany of the central Middle Ages
  • Presents arguments against the concept of exceptionalism—the idea that Ottonian royal women were treated and had powers very different from those of non-royal women 
  • Appeals to students and scholars of medieval history, German history, queenship and monarchy studies, and gender studies
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About this book

In tenth-century Europe and particularly in Germany, imperial women were able to wield power in ways that were scarcely imaginable in earlier centuries. Theophanu and Adelheid were two of the most influential figures in the Ottonian reich along with their husbands, who relied heavily on their support. Phyllis G. Jestice examines an array of factors that produced their power and prestige, including societal attitudes toward women, their wealth, their unction as queens, and their carefully constructed image of piety. Due to their influential positions, Theophanu and Adelheid reclaimed control of the young Otto III despite fierce opposition from Henry the Quarrelsome during the throne struggle of 984. In examining how they successfully secured the regency, this book confronts the outmoded notion of exceptionalism and illuminates the lives of powerful Ottonian women.

About the authors

Phyllis G. Jestice is Professor of Medieval History and chair of the Department of History at the College of Charleston, South Carolina, USA. She is the author of Wayward Monks and the Religious Revolution of the Eleventh Century (1997). Since then, her scholarly interests have come to focus on the tenth century, aided by Theophanu, a splendid calico cat.

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“The volume is gorgeously produced, and sumptuously illustrated with many well-rendered colour images of Ottonian artwork. The work as a physical book is a delight to behold. … In a market with several other new and exciting offerings, scholars of the Ottonian world will have little reason to prioritise Imperial Ladies of the Ottonian Dynasty.” (Fraser McNair, Royal Studies Journal, Vol. 6 (1), 2019)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

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eBook $79.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-77306-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-77305-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $99.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-08424-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Imperial Ladies of the Ottonian Dynasty
Book Subtitle
Women and Rule in Tenth-Century Germany
Authors
Series Title
Queenship and Power
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-77306-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-77306-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-77305-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-08424-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 300
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
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