The Lord’s Anointed

  • Phyllis G. Jestice
Part of the Queenship and Power book series (QAP)


The Ottonians emphasized the sacrality of the ruler, presenting the anointed and crowned king as the “anointed of the lord” in a liminal space between God and his subjects. Ottonian women were also anointed and crowned as queens and empresses and Jestice explores the ways in which this unction endowed them with a special charisma. The whole family enjoyed special sacred status, but it was by far the strongest for queens, as can be seen in representational art of the time, especially the ruler portraits that accompanied many benefactions.

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  • Phyllis G. Jestice
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  1. 1.College of CharlestonCharlestonUSA

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