Women in purple rulers of medieval byzantium judith herrin on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers in the eighth and ninth centuries three byzantine empresses irene euphrosyne and theodora changed history their combined efforts restored the veneration of icons. The lives of women rulers of most nations prior to the modern era were not well documented in the past history was essentially written by men for men and showed little interest in the experiences of women whether they were powerful or notin this book judith herrin has reconstructed the lives of three byzantine empresses of the 8th and 9th centuries. In the eighth and ninth centuries three byzantine empresses irene euphrosyne and theodora changed history their combined efforts restored the veneration of icons saving byzantium from a purely symbolic and decorative art and ensuring its influence for centuries to come. Women in purple book read 12 reviews from the worlds largest community for readers start by marking women in purple rulers of medieval byzantium as want to read this is a very readable book about the history of 3 strong women in byzantine history with an interesting comparison of their power with that of women in the . Review of herrin judith women in purple rulers of medieval byzantium princeton nj princeton university press 2001 by kyle schrader by securing the reversal of official iconoclasm and restoring icons to their place of veneration in the eastern church irene euphrosyne and theodora profoundly altered the course of history1 judith herrins women
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