A biography of Queen Adelheid, ""mother of kingdoms"", which makes old world history seem alive. Adelheid, the wife of Otto the Great, queen and regent of medieval Germany, is presented to the general public for the first time in this book. The emphasis throughout is on the all important question of the relationship of this tenth century ruler to the Church. Adelheid, ruler and politician, was the first monarch to realize the problem that existed between the papacy and the state. The biography makes no controversial parallel to present day Germany.