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  • Record Number: 4536
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  • Title: Theodelinda, "Most Glorious Queen": Gender and Power in Lombard Italy
  • Source: Medieval History Journal 2, 2 (July-December 1999): Pages 183 - 207.
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Gender Lombards Paul the Deacon, Historian- Historia Langobardorum Power Queens Regents Theodelinda, Wife of Authari, King of the Lombards, and of Agiluf, King of the Lombards Women in Literature
  • Geographic Area: Italy
  • Century: 6-7
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  • Abstract: 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. Nevertheless, the early evidence (Gregory the Great's letters and various short historical texts) does show that she was a 'most glorious queen'. [Reproduced from the publisher's website: http://mhj.sagepub.com/]
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  • Year of Publication: 1999.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 09719458
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