Bruno of Trier
The archbishop of Trier is a firm pragmatist who seeks to maintain a privileged place in the Emperor's counsel. Maud declares at one point that he has "never met a stratagema (strategy) that he didn't like". Bruno is realistic to the point of cynicism and always keeps his eye on the larger forces at work within the political sphere. When the young Maud arrives in Germany, Bruno is appointed as her tutor, and the two develop a good relationship. He pushes her to master both Latin and German, and he particularly enjoys drawing lessons from the memoirs of Julius Caesar. His chief competitor for the Emperor's affections is Adalbert, chancellor and later archbishop of Mainz; but as events take a turn for the worse, there is plenty of maneuvering to be done. As Bruno would say, watch out for Saxony!