25 Feb 2010

Judith of Flanders

Judith of Flanders was a Frankish princess who lived in the 9th century. Here's a very, very short version of her story:

She married for the first time at the age 12 or 13. Her husband was Ethelwulf king of Wessex. When he died, two years later. She was married to his son Ethelbald who also died shortly after their marriage.

She was send back home to France where she spent another two years in custody untill she finally fled with a knight called Sir Baldwin. The church wasn't amused. But Pope Nicholas finally decided that because they both wanted this marriage (hopefully because of love, but we don't know...)they had to be allowed to stay together.

Even Archbishop Hincmar of Reims had to give in and they were allowed to marry.
This is how she looks like to me. I hope, I did her justice.

Colour sketch, acrylic and pencil on paper.

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