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Imperial Passions, The Porta Aurea, by Eileen Stephenson

Spreading the word about the Byzantines

Susan Weintrob, reader, foodie, and book blogger, recently contacted me after enjoying “Imperial Passions – The Porta Aurea”. She lives in Charleston and has a website, “Expand the Table”, full of both delicious recipes and wonderful book reviews. I can definitely vouch for the recipes! She asked me for an interview and expressed an interest …

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Justinian II of Byzantium

Justinian II – Medieval Monster or Medieval Normal?

Some years ago, early in my Byzantine obsession, I found a novel “Justinian” which I naively thought was about the great Justinian, the one who built the Hagia Sophia. The novel’s author was “H.N. Turteltaub”, the pen name of Harry Turtledove who also happened to be the translator of the medieval Chronicle of Theophanes, which …

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Anna Comnena, 12th century princess and writer

Anna Comnena – Europe’s First Woman Historian

Anna Comnena was the first child of the Eastern Roman emperor, Alexios I Comnenus, born Dec. 1st, 1083 and named after Alexios’s mother, the determined Anna Dalassena. She was soon betrothed to Constantine Ducas, the son of a prior emperor, Michael VII Ducas. Young Constantine’s mother had been instrumental in helping Alexios gain the throne …

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