Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 3824
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Herrin , Judith
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  • Title: The Imperial Feminine in Byzantium [the author argues that Byzantine tradition provided for occasions when empresses had to assume power; this did not challenge the patriarchal order nor did it establish a fixed role for empresses; however, empresses had three sure resources (role as imperial hostess, mother of the emperor's heir, and power over the quarters, staff, and treasury of the empress) which allowed them to take an often active role in politics].
  • Source: Past and Present 169, (November 2000): Pages 3 - 35. Reproduced in Unrivalled Influence: Women and Empire in Byzantium. By Judith Herrin. Princeton University Press, 2013. Pages 161-193.
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Art History- General Byzantium Empresses Empresses in Art Iconophiles Mary, Virgin, Saint- Cult Politics Power Rulers
  • Geographic Area: Eastern Mediterranean
  • Century: 5- 6- 7- 8- 9
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  • Author's Affiliation: King's College, London
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  • Year of Publication: 2000.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 00312746
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