Chapter 12 The Barbarian Queens and the Power of Peace against Violence

In: Mujeres imperiales, mujeres reales

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Abstract

In Late Antiquity, where the main values are violence, heroism and war, some queens embody, either symbolically or in a real way, a pacifying and conciliatory role, which kings are often not allowed to show. In this work, I analyse a series of testimonies in which queens act as peaceweavers, peacemakers, peacekeepers and mediators. I show that, although these actions are not usually the most outstanding nor the most valued in the sources, they are essential for the well-being, survival and stability of the barbarian kingdoms.

Mujeres imperiales, mujeres reales

Representaciones públicas y representaciones del poder en la Antigüedad tardía y Bizancio

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