Queenship and Sanctity
The Lives of Mathilda and the Epitaph of Adelheid
Queenship and Sanctity brings together for the first time in English the anonymous Lives of Mathilda and Odilo of Cluny's Epitaph of Adelheid. Richly annotated, with an extensive introduction placing the texts and their subjects in historical and hagiographical context, it provides teachers and students with a crucial set of sources for the history of Europe (particularly Germany) in the tenth and eleventh centuries, for the development of sacred biography and medieval notions of sanctity, and for the life of aristocratic and royal women in the early Middle Ages. In addition, two appendices present contemporary accounts of Mathilda by the monk and historian Widukind of Corvey, and a survey of the evidence for Mathilda's ancestral ties to the legendary Saxon hero Widukind, whose defeat by Charlemagne in the late eighth century ultimately led to Saxony's assimilation into the Frankish church and kingdom.
A useful resource for scholars of the period, yet accessible to non-specialists, Queenship and Sanctity is an engaging introduction to two fascinating women and the world they helped to create.
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"The detailed discussion of the three documents and the translations themselves are highly welcome contributions to the history of queenship in the tenth century."—Mediaevistik
"This is an exemplary volume, which should certainly make these relatively overlooked queens much better known. It should immediately find a place in upper-level courses both on medieval women and on medieval Germany. Helpful maps and family trees assure the reader can keep all the people and places straight. Although the principal audience is students who do not read Latin, academic historians should also find the volume very useful."—Catholic Historical Review
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