Byzantine Lady Ten Portraits, 1250-1500

ISBN-10: 0521576237

ISBN-13: 9780521576239

Edition: 1996

Authors: Donald M. Nicol

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What kind of lives did women in the Byzantine empire lead? Just how subservient were they in so male-dominated a society? In this collection of biographies Donald M. Nicol uncovers the unexpected fact that in the later years of the empire, at least, some aristocratic women enjoyed influence and exercised initiative. The ten ladies whose lives are described here did not complain of male oppression: instead, despite the conventions of caste and court, they found an outlet for their talents in religion, patronage, friendship and scholarship. They left a lasting influence on the society in which they lived. The story of their achievements offers new perspectives on the Byzantine empire, and a fascinating insight into the lives of women in past times.
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List price: $35.99
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/13/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 164
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

Helena Doukaina, Queen of the Two Sicilies, 1258-1266
Thamar, Princess of Taranto 1294-1309
Theodora Raoulaina, nun and scholar, c. 1240-1300
Eirene Palaiologina (Yolanda of Montferrat), Empress, 1288/9-1317
Eirene-Eulogia Choumnaina Palaiologina, princess and abbess, died c. 1355
Eirene Asenina Cantucuzene, Empress, 1347-1354
Anna of Savoy, regent and Empress, 1341-c. 1365
Anna Notaras Palaiologina, died 1507
Mara Brankovic of Serbia, Sultanina, c. 1412-1476
Helena Cantacuzene Kommene, Empress of Trebizond, died c. 1463
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