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Question #90167 posted on 08/14/2017 12:50 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I remember a story from a French class I took at BYU (or maybe it was History of France, which was taught in English through the history department).

The story was this:
The queen of the Gauls (an ancient tribe inhabiting France at the time Rome was conquering everything) was getting her hair braided when she got news that her husband had been abducted by enemy troops and was being held ransom. She immediately left to go rescue him without even delaying long enough to braid the other half of her hair.

I remember the teacher talking about how there were statues of this woman with her hair half braided, and how it was supposed to symbolize the unconquerable spirit of the Gauls.

The Gauls were eventually conquered, but I think this is a really cool story that could go really well in a talk about responding to spiritual promptings quickly and not letting other things get in the way of you helping other people.

But I cannot figure out this Queen's name, and the story feels so incomplete to me because of that.

Can you help me figure out where this story comes from, what this woman's name was, and if this is an actual folk story or just someone made up for another piece of literature, like The Book of the City of Ladies?

-Waterfall braid


Dear challah,

We've been pretty tied up lately and so we must concede we do not know in this case... sorry. Reader suggestions welcome.


--Ardilla Feroz

posted on 08/14/2017 6:07 p.m.
I think I actually found the story you're looking for, but it's not from the Gauls and it appears a lot of the stories surrounding her life are mythical.

However, it wouldn't hurt to look into Semiramis, the queen of the Assyrians. She's discussed in Boccaccio's De Claris Mulieribus, but her Wikipedia page doesn't mention the braid story, and I can't find any sources to confirm the historical accuracy of the tale. But hopefully that should at least point you in the right direction.

posted on 08/16/2017 9:55 a.m.
Actually, it looks like it was Rhodogune of Parthia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhodogune_of_Parthia

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