Partners in Rule
This chapter examines the political role of Ottonian queens in their husbands’ lifetime. Despite the fragmentary nature of the evidence, Jestice argues that the pattern can be seen clearly that Ottonian queens as a matter of course took on an increasingly public role over time. She argues that the title consors regni that was accorded queens was not just an honorific but denoted a real sharing in rule. Over time, the Ottonian queens came to serve as their husbands’ deputies and as “partners” in rule when circumstances warranted.