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By Jennifer Lawler

What's imagined to be an encyclopedic reference publication is in truth a extra basic consultant to girls dwelling among advert 500 and 1500. Neither designated nor finished, it really is geared toward a basic readership who's looking short information at the most sensible identified girls of the time. the fast biographies are interspersed with common thematic discussions together with kinfolk, marriage, faith, employment, slavery, garments and so on. contains many genealogical charts.

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In 1348, John Cantacuzene went to conflict with the Bulgarians, leaving Irene to manage imperial affairs and to protect Constantinople. The Genoese took the chance to assault, yet Irene refused to barter and defended the town opposed to their repeated assaults. round 1350, her son Matthew went to conflict opposed to John V Paleologus, opposed to her needs. through 1353, John Cantacuzene had succumbed to the strain and named his son emperor. within the following yr, the Turks, who have been alleged to be Byzantine allies, occupied Gallipoli. in the course of the resulting warfare, John Paleologus lower back to Constantinople and used to be acclaimed emperor; John Cantacuzene abdicated and later entered a monastery. Irene entered a convent, taking the identify Eugenia. Their son Matthew used to be ultimately pressured to give up the imperial name. See Anna of Savoy. urged analyzing: Edmund Fryde, The Early Paleologan Renaissance: 1261–1360 (Boston: Brill, 2000); Donald M. Nicol, The final Centuries of Byzantium: 1261–1453 (New York: Cambridge college Press, 1993), The Reluctant Emperor: A Biography of John Cantacuzene, Byzantine Emperor and Monk, c. 1295–1383 (New York: Cambridge collage Press, 1996). Irene Choumnaina Paleologina (1291–1355) additionally Eirene and Eulogia. Byzantine princess and abbess. the second one daughter of Nicephorus Choumnous, a student and major minister to Emperor Andronicus II Paleologus, Irene grew up in a prosperous loved ones, a pupil and a faithful Christian. In 1303, whilst she was once twelve years outdated, she married John Paleologus, the emperor’s son, who had already been given the identify of despot. The emperor’s spouse, Irene, violently disapproved of the fit. 4 years later, while John died, Irene was once simply 16. She couldn't marry back with out wasting rank, a notion impossible to her father. After a while, she determined to develop into a nun. She based a convent at her rate and decided to continue to exist her personal phrases. She was once approximately twenty-one on the time. She took the identify Eulogia and served as abbess at a double monastery. Her non secular consultant, Theoleptus, served as abbot. The convent quickly turned trendy and a couple of hundred nuns joined it. through 1327, her mom and dad and Theoleptus have been lifeless. 5 years later, whilst she used to be approximately 40 years outdated, Emperor Andronicus II died, and she or he fell sufferer to melancholy and depression. thankfully, she came upon a brand new consultant. Her non secular advisors suggestion she used to be too involved in her social status and her relatives and accused her of being proud, conceited, and obdurate. This was once illustrated whilst she antagonistic the usurper John Cantacuzene, who had made himself emperor of Constantinople. She mobilized her huge assets opposed to him, and he abdicated in 1354. She died the subsequent yr. See Anna of Savoy; Convents and Nuns. prompt interpreting: Angela Hero, ed. , A Woman’s Quest for religious counsel: The Correspondence of Princess Eulogia Chomnaina Palaiologina (Holy pass Orthodox Press, 1986). Irene Ducas (11th century) Member of a strong Byzantine ruling family members, she married Alexius I Comnenus, who grew to become emperor after deposing Nicephorus III, the Ducas emperor, in 1081.

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