Whether as Wife, Seeress, or Sovereign, the high-born lady was the king-maker for her people. No new-age wishfullment here. The Author cites archeological finds, medieval texts and histories and established cultural norms for the period under study. Her world may have been circumscribed by tradition, but within her circle she wielded considerable power. The Author also presents evidence for a stronger Celtic influence on Teutonic culture than previously accepted. A wealth of information, not for the casual reader; no titilating tales of witchcraft or Goddess worship or 'uppity women'.