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Empresses of Constantinople

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Empresses of Constantinople by Joseph Martin McCabe is a fascinating exploration of the powerful women who wielded immense influence in the Byzantine Empire. McCabe's detailed research and engaging writing style bring to life the stories of these empresses, from Theodora, the wife of Emperor Justinian, to Irene of Athens, who ruled as regent for her son.

One of the strengths of the book is McCabe's ability to capture the complexities of these women's personalities and the challenges they faced in a male-dominated society. He delves into their political savvy, religious beliefs, and personal relationships, painting a nuanced portrait of their lives and legacies.

Overall, Empresses of Constantinople is a compelling and enlightening read for anyone interested in Byzantine history, gender studies, or powerful women throughout the ages. McCabe's thorough research and captivating storytelling make this a must-read for history buffs and casual readers alike.

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In concluding an earlier volume on the mistresses of the western Roman Empire I observed that, as the gallery of fair and frail ladies closed, we stood at the door of “the long, quaint gallery of the Byzantine Empresses.” It seemed natural and desirable to pass on to this more interesting and less familiar series of the mistresses of the eastern Roman Empire, and the present volume will therefore tell the story of the Empresses, or Queens, as they preferred to be called, who occupied the throne set up by Constantine in New Rome, or ancient Byzantium.

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