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Irene Empress of the East 752?-803

Works: 26 works in 51 publications in 8 languages and 2,254 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Records and correspondence 
Roles: Author
Classifications: DF586, 949.5020922
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An Institution Of General History, Or The History Of The World by William Howell( Book )

1 edition published in 1685 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

A woman's quest for spiritual guidance : the correspondence of Princess Irene Eulogia Choumnaina Palaiologina by Irene Eulogia Choumnaina Palaiologina( Book )

1 edition published in 1986 in Greek, Ancient and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Women in purple : rulers of Medieval Byzantium by Judith Herrin( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

In the eighth and ninth centuries, three Byzantine empresses--Irene, Euphrosyne, and Theodora--changed history. Their combined efforts restored the veneration of icons, saving Byzantium from a purely symbolic and decorative art and ensuring its influence for centuries to come .In this account, Judith Herrin tells the story of how these women exercised imperial sovereignty with consummate skill and sometimes ruthless tactics. Though they gained access to the all-pervasive authority of the Byzantine ruling dynasty through marriage, all three continued to wear the imperial purple and wield tremendous power as widows. From Constantinople, their own Queen City, the empresses undermined competitors and governed like men. They conducted diplomacy across the known world, negotiating with the likes of Charlemagne, Roman popes, and the great Arab caliph Harun al Rashid. Vehemently rejecting the ban on holy images instituted by their male relatives, Irene and Theodora used craft and power to reverse the official iconoclasm and restore icons to their place of adoration in the Eastern Church. In so doing, they profoundly altered the course of history. The art--and not only the art--of Byzantium, of Islam, and of the West would have been very different without them. As Judith Herrin traces the surviving evidence, she evokes the complex and deeply religious world of Constantinople in the aftermath of Arab conquest. She brings to life its monuments and palaces, its court ceremonies and rituals, the role of eunuchs, bride shows, and the influence of warring monks and patriarchs. --From publisher's description
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Women in purple : rulers of Medieval Byzantium
Alternative Names
Eirene 752-803

Eirene 752-803 Byzantinisches Reich, Kaiserin, 752-803

Eirene Byzantinisches Reich, Kaiserin, 752-803 752-803

Eirne ca 752-803 byzantsk csařovna

Eirne I., byzantsk csařovna, ca 752-803

Irene, byzantsk csařovna, ca 752-803

Irene ca 752-803 byzantsk csařovna

Irene, Empress of Byzance