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Bertha Broadfoot, 1848, by Eugène Oudiné

Bertha Broadfoot, 1848, by Eugène Oudiné at Luxembourg Garden, Paris. (copyrighted photo by Marie-Lan Nguyen via Wikimedia Commons).

Eugène Oudiné’s Bertha Broadfoot in Luxembourg Garden, Paris, was created in 1848, more than 1,000 years after its namesake’s death, yet the statue holding a miniature man on a throne captures the essence of her personality, a strong woman who supported her upstart husband as he seized the crown. The statue also depicts the role of Carolingian queens in eighth and ninth century Francia.

A ninth-century treatise said the queen’s role was to free the king from household affairs and let him focus on matter in his realm, but when the personal and political are intertwined, that role is far more important and complex than it seems.

Please visit Oh for the Hook of Book for my guest post about the role of Carolingian queens and why Women’s History Month is important. And while you’re there, check out host Erin Al-Mehairi’s review of The Cross and the Dragon and our in-depth conversation.

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