Prestige Marriage

  • Phyllis G. Jestice
Part of the Queenship and Power book series (QAP)


Unlike earlier dynasties, the Ottonians carefully arranged prestigious marriages for themselves and their sons. Jestice argues that the Ottonians’ decision to marry the daughters of foreign rulers (instead of native noblewomen) had a profound impact on the position of queens of the Ottonian dynasty. As foreigners, they stood outside of the noble networks of the era and had both the need and the opportunity to forge their own relations, while their royal blood enhanced their prestige. Adelheid’s position as widowed queen of the Lombards allowed Otto I to justify his conquest of the region, while Theophanu’s marriage to Otto II brought the honor of a Byzantine match to the dynasty.

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  • Phyllis G. Jestice
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  1. 1.College of CharlestonCharlestonUSA

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