Theodelinda, 'Most Glorious Queen': Gender and Power in Lombard Italy

  title={Theodelinda, 'Most Glorious Queen': Gender and Power in Lombard Italy},
  author={Ross Balzaretti},
  journal={The Medieval History Journal},
  pages={183 - 207}
  • R. Balzaretti
  • Published 1 October 1999
  • History
  • The Medieval History Journal
Theodelinda, Queen of the Lombards (590-628), has been known for long to historians through the portrait depicted by Paul the Deacon in his Historia Langobardorum. However, as this was written some 150 years after the queen's death, its evidence needs to be treated with great caution. In this essay, the earliest contemporary evidence of Theodelinda's life is examined and compared to Paul's account. The latter turns out to be a highly-gendered representation, made up largely by Paul… 
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