Who is she? Mathilda was the wife of King Henry I, the first Ottonian king of the East Frankish empire. Renowned for her piety (helped by the fact that the two most detailed sources for her life are her Lives, hagiographical works designed to prove her sanctity), Mathilda was the mother of Otto I and Henry … More Spotlight on: Queen Mathilda of Saxony
When I explain to people that I study women and politics in the medieval world, I’ve repeatedly heard the response ‘Oh, so you’re a gender historian then?’ At first, I would nod and say ‘Yes, I suppose so’. However, as I’ve gone further with my research I’ve become increasingly uneasy with this response.