By Lynda Garland
В доступной и популярной форме, используя хронологический подход, Линда Гарлэнд создает ряд биографических портретов наиболее выдающихся женщин Византии, управлявших самостоятельно или деливших трон между 527 г. и 1204 г. Рассказаны истории женщин Империи, имевших огромное политическое влияние и значительные ресурсы.Образцы сканов:
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Justinian’s removal of these officials came too late to placate the factions and on January 18 they compelled Hypatios, Anastasios’s nephew, to accept the throne. Significantly Hypatios was also the choice of a large proportion of the senatorial class. An escape fleet was prepared and packed with the imperial treasure but Theodora intervened, according to Procopius, with a stirring speech, and saved the day: I consider that flight, even if it leads to safety, is especially wrong at this juncture.
They cleansed the state of the pollution of the brothels, banishing the very name of brothel-keepers, and they set free from a licentiousness fit only for slaves the women who were struggling with extreme poverty, providing them with independent maintenance, and setting virtue free. The Secret History, in line with its normal practice of undercutting the motives of the imperial pair, tells us that more than 500 prostitutes were rounded up and that many of them went unwillingly, actually leaping from the parapet of the convent in order to escape the regime and being saved against their will;43 elsewhere Procopius states that one of the main duties of the newly created office of quaesitor was rounding up pederasts and fallen women.
Before a husband could encumber an antenuptial donation with debt, the wife had to give her consent twice (Nov. J. 2, AD 537): this was because on the first occasion she might have been won over against her better judgement by her husband’s blandishments and later change her mind. A concern to control prostitution in the capital was shown by Nov. J. ’ It legislates against girls being forced unwillingly into a life of unchastity. Apparently girls of ten or less were being compelled into becoming prostitutes after being enticed away from their parents by promises of clothes or food.
Byzantine Empresses: Women and Power in Byzantium AD 527-1204 by Lynda Garland