The Byzantine Lady: Ten Portraits, 1250-1500

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Donald M. Nicol
Cambridge University Press, Jul 13, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 143 pages
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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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User Review  - Beth Hocking - Goodreads

I love the idea for this in theory, but I'm less certain about the execution. The bios are inconsistent in quality, and I don't get much personality in some of them. Also I think the editorializing goes in circles on occasion. Read full review

Contents

Thamar Princess of Taranto 12941309
24
Theodora Raoulaina nun and scholar c 12401300
33
Eirene Palaiologina Yolanda of Montferrat Empress
48
EireneEulogia Ch on run aim Palaiologina princess
59
Eirene Asenina Cantacuzene Empress 13471354
71
1365
82
Anna Notaras Palaiologina died 1507
105
Helena Cantacuzene Kommene Empress of Trebizond
120
Bibliography
126
Index
137
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