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Thusnelda
Thusnelda
Historical Figure
Nationality: Cherusci tribe (Ancient German)
Date of Birth: c. 10 BC
Date of Death: Unknown (after AD 18)
Cause of Death:
Religion: Polytheism
Parents: Segestes
Spouse: Arminius
Children: Thumelicus
Turtledove Appearances:
Give Me Back My Legions!
Set in OTL
Type of Appearance: Direct


Thusnelda (c. 10 BC - after AD 18) was a Cherusci noblewoman, daughter of the chieftain Segestes. Her father had intended her for someone else, but Arminius had abducted and impregnated her. Arminius subsequently led a coalition of Germanic tribes that lured the Roman Legions of Publius Quinctilius Varus to near-annihilation at Battle of the Teutoburg Forest in AD 9. This disaster generally is seen as stifling any future ambitions of Rome to conquer Germania.

The war between the Roman Empire and the northern German tribes continued, and in May 15 AD Thusnelda was captured by Germanicus, the nephew of Emperor Tiberius, who commanded the invasion of Germania. She was pregnant and staying with her father, who was a Roman client and bitterly opposed to Arminius, and it was her father who delivered her to Germanicus, after the latter saved him by driving off Arminius' forces, who had besieged him. Her husband much grieved over her loss and did not marry again.

Her only by child by Arminius, Thumelicus, was born in captivity on 26 May AD 17. In AD 18, Arminius' brother Flavus reported that Thusnelda was being treated well by the Romans. Nothing is known of her after this date. Her son was trained as a gladiator in Ravenna, and is believed to have died in the arena around 30 or 31 when he was about 14 years old.

Thusnelda in Give Me Back My Legions!Edit

Thusnelda's betrothal to Arminius was broken off by her father Segestes, and she was betrothed to Tudrus. Arminius was enraged at this slight to his honor but kept his wits.

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