Women in Tenth-Century Germany
In this chapter, Jestice places Ottonian queens in the context of women of the Ottonian reich. She demonstrates that, despite clerical and classical stereotypes of weak and dependent women, society in general valued women highly. Men trusted female family members and friends for advice and relied on their prayers. This chapter also demonstrates that women enjoyed property rights and were able to make decisions for themselves and their families. In short, Jestice demonstrates that the Ottonian queens were not exceptional, but rather existed as members of a society inclined to value them highly.