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Unrivalled Influence: Women and Empire in Byzantium

Judith Herrin


This book explores the exceptional roles that women played in the vibrant cultural and political life of medieval Byzantium. This book evokes the complex and exotic world of Byzantium's women, from empresses and saints to uneducated rural widows. Drawing on a diverse range of sources, the book sheds light on the importance of marriage in imperial statecraft, the tense coexistence of empresses in the imperial court, and the critical relationships of mothers and daughters. It looks at women's interactions with eunuchs, the in-between gender in Byzantine society, and shows how women defended thei ... More

Keywords: medieval Byzantium, Byzantium women, empresses, saints, mothers, eunuchs, Byzantine society, gender

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780691153216
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691153216.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Judith Herrin, author
King's College London