Unrivalled Influence: Women and Empire in Byzantium
"Unrivalled Influence" explores the exceptional roles that women played in the vibrant cultural and political life of medieval Byzantium. Written by one of the world's foremost historians of the Byzantine millennium, this landmark book evokes the complex and exotic world of Byzantium's women, from empresses and saints to uneducated rural widows. Drawing on a diverse range...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published March 13th 2013 by Princeton University Press
(first published January 1st 2013)
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It's great that this is a book talking about Byzantine women, which are an understudied group. Unfortunately, this book doesn't do it very well. First of all, this is not a unified book with a central theme, but a collection of essays written at varying times and for various purposes, placed together in the same book because they all talk about Byzantine women. This results in a lot of repetition, as well as a general lack of focus. Many chapters spend so much time on background (which is often...more
Judith Herrin studied history at the Universities of Cambridge and Birmingham, receiving her doctorate from the latter; she has also worked in Athens, Paris and Munich, and held the post of Stanley J. Seeger Professor in Byzantine History, Princeton University before taking up her appointment as the second Professor of Late Antique and Byzantine Studies at King's. Upon her retirement in 2008 she b...moreMore about Judith Herrin...