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41 In both cases, writing about women at the beginning seems to have been very much a project of writing about and for women in the present. Rather than imagining that the accounts of Gambara reﬂect some ancient and unique matriarchal tradition among the Lombards, they should be seen in the tradition of powerful women examined by Janet Nelson as 23 CHAPTER ONE “protectrices des historiens des dynasties,”42 with the further proviso that in commissioning and supporting historians of the Lombard kingdom, they were supporting their own positions.
First, Judith herself has disappeared entirely. Although the typology of the Judith story remains, it is a ﬁctional one. The laconic Genealogia records simply: “Eticho sired a son Henry and a daughter Hiltigard. The Emperor Louis the Stammerer received Hiltigard as wife. Henry 48 A TA L E O F T WO J U D I T H S made himself the man of the Emperor. ”21 In this earliest version of a family origin myth, all memory of the great ﬁgures of the ninth century, including Judith and her father Welf, thus disappear in favor of a legend that ties the origin of the family to a relatively obscure Swabian noble and a marriage that never took place.
The youngest daughter, Libusˇe, was the most marvelous of the three: wise in council, powerful in speech, chaste in body, outstanding in morals, second to none in her concern for justice, affable to all, a glory and decoration of the female sex. 33 Libusˇe is a complex character who both fascinates and repels Cosmas. She was so universally beloved that she was made the judge of all quarrels. But it happened that two wealthy men came 35 C H A P T E R T WO before her to settle a property dispute.