The Wealth of Queens
Ottonian queens, especially Adelheid and Theophanu, were startlingly wealthy. Their spouses granted them a dos of lands and rights upon marriage far greater than their predecessors had enjoyed, and they also brought large dowries to their marriages. Jestice argues in this chapter that queens were able to use and control these resources to reward servants, endow religious houses, and awe observers. These resources gave the Ottonian queens the means to influence others and impose their will far more than their predecessors. This was a conscious Ottonian policy, allowing the queens to play a larger role in governance.