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Ottonian Queenship$
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Simon MacLean

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198800101

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198800101.001.0001

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Queens and Dynasties in the Ninth and Tenth Centuries

Queens and Dynasties in the Ninth and Tenth Centuries

(p.1) 1 Queens and Dynasties in the Ninth and Tenth Centuries
Ottonian Queenship

Simon MacLean

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides an introduction to the problems of interpreting early medieval queenship, and explains the core arguments of the book. Existing historiography is summarized and the main sources are described. The chapter offers a survey of the key elements of Carolingian queenship in the mid and late ninth century, and explains how Ottonian queenship differed. The argument is that whereas Carolingian queenship was defined around fairly stable metaphors which emphasized the purity of the royal family and the royal palace, this stability was undermined by the much more fluid political situation of the tenth century. The implications of this contrast for the arguments of the book are then explained.

Keywords:   Carolingian Empire, queenship, Charles the Bald, Engelberga, Louis the Pious, Judith, Ottonians

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