Rosamund

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Rosamund, queen of the Lombards
Rosamund, queen of the Lombards.

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Rosamund kneels in front of a reading desk, holding a skull with one hand. In the background lies the body of her dead husband.

After the defeat of her people to the Lombards and the subsequent beheading of her father, Rosamund was taken for wife by Alboin, the king of the Lombards. A cruel victor and husband, this latter reportedly once forced her to drink from her father’s skull. The legend has it that she had him murdered by her lover.

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