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Fredegund and Brunhild: a tale of two queens

Shelley Puhak explores the story of Fredegund and Brunhild, two medieval queens known for their bitter rivalry

Published: March 11, 2022 at 12:02 pm
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Shelley Puhak delves into the lives of queens Fredegund and Brunhild, famed for their bitter and bloody rivalry which wracked the Frankish empire in the latter sixth century. Speaking with Emily Briffett, she reveals how their stories were suppressed, overlooked and used as political propaganda by subsequent rulers, and considers how they should be seen today.


Shelley Puhak is the author of The Dark Queens: A Gripping Tale of Power, Ambition and Murderous Rivalry in Early Medieval France (Apollo, 2022)


Emily BriffettPodcast editorial assistant

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