• Phyllis G. Jestice
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This chapter explores the ways in which Ottonian queens were able to be significant players in the complex networks of kinship and patronage of the age. Foreign brides had limited kinship networks on which they could rely, but in place of kin the Ottonian queens created friendship alliances, giving favors and in return relying on support when needed. In this chapter, Jestice gives special attention to the evidence of the extant royal charters of the Ottonian dynasty, teasing out evidence of connections the royal women were nurturing based on their role as intercessors for a wide variety of individuals and institutions, winning them favors in public displays of patronage.

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

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