Piety as Power

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


This chapter opens with the motif, new in the tenth century, of the Virgin Mary as queen of heaven, demonstrating how images of Mary and the Ottonian queens were conflated. Jestice argues that queens carefully cultivated a reputation for piety, but their virtue was distinctly royal, marked by benefactions that showcased the wealth and prestige of the dynasty. Several imperial ladies won a reputation for sanctity, and Adelheid was formally canonized. This queenly piety became an important political tool, which members of the dynasty were able to use to enhance their position and influence members of their society.

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

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