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"Reine Berthe et les Fileuses" or "Queen Bertha and the Spinners"
by Swiss painter Albert Samuel Anker (1831-1910) in 1888
Queen Bertha of Swabia (907 - c. 966), sometimes called the "Spinning Queen" and mother of the empress saint Adelaide, was renowned in her own time and beyond for her strong intellect , industry, and noble nature.
As legend has it, Queen Bertha went out from her castle one day into the countryside, riding on her palfrey and spindling as she went as was her wont. She even had a saddle built with a hole in it for seating her distaff so she would not lose spinning time during her rides.
In the course of her ride she and her retinue came upon a young shepherdess who was spinning as she tended her sheep.
Queen Bertha was so impressed with the young shepherdess' industry that she approached the girl and gave her great riches as a reward for her virtue.
Here they are in a 1903 re-enactment.
And here is an 1854 illustration from Historical Pictures of the Middle Ages, in Black and White.
The gentlemen and ladies of the court were so envious of the Queen's gift to the lowly shepherdess that the next day they all showed up a court bearing spindles and distaves, hoping that they, too, could win such a reward.
But Queen Bertha, being wise, was not fooled would not reward them, telling them that only the young shepherdess, virtuous and industrious, would win such a prize.
Queen Bertha's saintly daughter Adelaide. She doesn't look very fiberish to me.
5. Historical Pictures of the Middle Ages, in Black and White