Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 7518
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Gaul , Niels
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  • Title: Eunuchs in the Late Byzantine Empire, c. 1250-1400 [The author surveys evidence for eunuchs in thirteenth and fourteenth century Byzantium from a range of literary texts including vernacular romances. He argues that the decline of eunuchs in this period of time was due to the fact that royal family members, both male and female, could now fulfill the more important offices and duties at court that had earlier been held exclusively by eunuchs. The Appendix lists nineteen eunuchs at court and in the Church along with a few more instances of unnamed eunuchs from histories, romances, and land records. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
  • Source: Eunuchs in Antiquity and Beyond.  Edited by Shaun Tougher.  Classical Press of Wales and Duckworth, 2002.  Pages 199 - 219.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Byzantium Courts Eunuchs
  • Geographic Area: Eastern Mediterranean
  • Century: 13- 14
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  • Author's Affiliation: University of Cologne
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  • Year of Publication: 2002.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 0715631292
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