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Theodora: Empress of Byzantium

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This book is a gripping, long-overdue biography of one of the most intriguing and powerful female figures of Western history: Theodora of Byzantium. Ruthlessly criticized and reviled by her contemporaries, Theodora, the beautiful wife of Emperor Justinian, began her life as the daughter of a bear-keeper and rose to be Justinian's partner in politics as well as in life, ruling from 527 to 548. She stood by his side in Constantinople as he built a "second Rome," waging battles against the Goths and Vandals, quelling nationalist unrest in Egypt, and suppressing a rebellion at their doorstep by mercilessly slaughtering 30,000 in Constantinople's stadium. Theodora's political savvy saved Justinian's empire time and time again.
When the European editions of Theodora were published, it was hailed as the "Book of the Year." Author Paolo Cesaretti received the Ginzano Cavour Prize for sifting through a vast range of documentary material to deliver a richly entertaining story of an ambitious and cunning woman who defied the conventions of her time and triumphed over those who sought to defame and destroy her.

Book News Annotation:

There are only so many sources from which all the biographies of the sixth-century empress have been and can be written, says Cesaretti (Byzantine studies, U. of Chieti, Italy), but the element of artifact is ultimately the most important part of any biographer's work. He has sifted through and reorganized them into what he rather likes being called a biographical novel. The original Teodora was published in 2001 by Arnoldo Mondador Editore, Milan, and translated by Rosanna M. Giammanco Frongia.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

A in-depth portrait of the Byzantine Empress Theodora profiles one of the most important female figures in Western history, who was born the daughter of a bear-keeper and rose to become the wife and partner of the Emperor Justinian, leading a fascinating life depicted here in meticulously researched detail.

Synopsis:

This book is a gripping, long-overdue biography of one of the most intriguing and powerful female figures of Western history: Theodora of Byzantium. Ruthlessly criticized and reviled by her contemporaries, Theodora, the beautiful wife of Emperor Justinian, began her life as the daughter of a bear-keeper and rose to be Justinian's partner in politics as well as in life, ruling from 527 to 548. She stood by his side in Constantinople as he built a second Rome

About the Author

Paolo Cesaretti, an internationally recognized authority in Byzantine studies, teaches at the University of Chieti, Italy. In addition to his many books, he regularly contributes to important Italian publications, including Corriere della Sera and Il Giornale.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780865652378
Translator:
Frongia, Rosanna M. Giammanco
Publisher:
Vendome Press
Translator:
Frongia, Rosanna M. Giammanco
Author:
Cesaretti, Paolo
Location:
New York
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Royalty
Subject:
History
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Byzantine empire
Subject:
Empresses
Subject:
Empresses - Byzantine Empire
Subject:
Byzantine Empire History.
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Biography-Royalty
Copyright:
Edition Description:
All Ebooks
Series:
Mark Magowan Books
Series Volume:
954
Publication Date:
20040531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 8 up to 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in
Age Level:
from 13 up to 99

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"Synopsis" by , A in-depth portrait of the Byzantine Empress Theodora profiles one of the most important female figures in Western history, who was born the daughter of a bear-keeper and rose to become the wife and partner of the Emperor Justinian, leading a fascinating life depicted here in meticulously researched detail.
"Synopsis" by , This book is a gripping, long-overdue biography of one of the most intriguing and powerful female figures of Western history: Theodora of Byzantium. Ruthlessly criticized and reviled by her contemporaries, Theodora, the beautiful wife of Emperor Justinian, began her life as the daughter of a bear-keeper and rose to be Justinian's partner in politics as well as in life, ruling from 527 to 548. She stood by his side in Constantinople as he built a second Rome
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