When she reached adulthood, Theodora first served as the concubine of a provincial governor and then worked her way up the Byzantine social ladder, eventually returning to Constantinople, where she met the young, unmarried, emperor designate, Justinian. Dazzled by her good looks and charm, Justinian was by all reports instantly smitten and, if Procopius' next assertion is right, for what must have been the first time in her life she refused a man, an Emperor-to-be no less, and insisted on ...
Theodora Komnene : biography – Theodora Komnene or Comnena () (born c. 1145) was a niece of Byzantine emperor Manuel I Comnenus, and wife of King Baldwin III of Jerusalem. Sources William of Tyre, A History of Deeds Done Beyond the Sea, trans. E.A. Babcock and A.C. Krey. Columbia University Press, 1943. Bernard Hamilton, "Women in …
Pop. (1900) 24,451. Among Servian cities, Nish is only surpassed by Belgrade in commercial and strategic importance; for it lies at the point where several of the chief Balkan highroads converge, and where the branch railway to Salonica leaves the main line between Belgrade and Constantinople.
THE HISTORY OF ITALY . FROM THE EXTINCTION OF THE CALOLINGIAN EMPERORS . TO THE INVASION OF NAPLES BY CHARLES VIII. PART I. At the death of Charles the Fat in 888, that part of Italy which acknowledged the supremacy of the Western empire was divided, like France and Germany, among a few powerful vassals, hereditary governors of provinces.
The Iconoclast emperors of the eighth century were not, therefore, reimposing the imperial iron fist out of the blue.4 A strength and unity can clearly be seen already in the reigns of the late sixth-century emperors; consequently, however close it came to the edge in the dark years of the seventh century, Constantinople did not capitulate.
The submission of the eastern empire and episcopate to Pope Hormisdas, in 519, is a memorable incident in the history of the Church. A large and marked part in it was taken by the man who for thirty-eight years was to rule the eastern empire, to expel the Goths from Italy, thus recovering the original seat of Roman power, and the Vandals from Africa, and so once more attach the great southern ...
Anselmus (1155-58), formerly Bishop of Havelberg, is famous for his legations to Constantinople, and for his polemical works against the Greeks. Guido da Biandrate (1158-69) favoured the schism of Barbarossa, who was his protector.
But 300 yrs would go by before the Paulicians would emerge as an identifiable group. When they did, the Byzantine Emperors alternately ignored and persecuted them. When Theodora became Empress, she had the Paulicians forcibly relocated to Thrace in the mid-9 th C, hoping they’d act as a
He did have children like Phillip II & Don John of Austria. So women were willing to mate with him. Of course if he was Charlie the gongfarmer. Then he'd be one ugly dude.
Constantinople had been under almost constant siege by the Turks since Manuel II assumed the Byzantine throne in 1391, and as relief could only be looked for from the West the emperor, though not his people or his priests, was prepared to capitulate to Latin Christianity as the price of Western aid.