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Ottonian Queenship

Simon MacLean


This is the first major study in English of the queens of the Ottonian dynasty (919–1024). The Ottonians, a family from Saxony, are often regarded as the founders of the medieval German kingdom. They were the most successful of all the dynasties to emerge from the wreckage of the pan-European Carolingian Empire, ruling as kings and emperors in Germany and Italy and exerting indirect hegemony in France and Eastern Europe. Historians have long noted that Ottonian queens were peculiarly powerful—indeed, among the most powerful of the entire Middle Ages. Their reputations have been commemorated fo ... More

Keywords: Ottonian, Carolingian, queenship, consors regni, early medieval, German history, Otto I, Theophanu, Adelheid, Cunigunde

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198800101
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198800101.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon MacLean, author
Professor in History, University of St Andrews