Read an excerpt from the new book by Kathryn Warner
The Global Side of Medieval at the Getty Centre: Traversing the Globe Through Illuminated Manuscripts
Osthryth was one of the few women mentioned by the Venerable Bede in his Ecclesiastical History of the English People. She was born into a time of great strife. There was much tension and bad blood between the ruling houses of the various kingdoms in England before unification, especially between Mercia and Northumbria.