DONALD M. NICOL
Title: Byzantine Lady : Ten Portraits 1250-1500
Binding: Paper Back
Book Condition: New
Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr August 1996
0521576237 / 9780521576239
Seller ID: 20080410138294
This is a lively collection of ten short, annotated and illustrated biographies of aristocratic ladies of the final years of the Byzantine empire. Some were ambitious mothers; others, unhappy wives; some were nuns or scholars; one became the wife of a Turkish sultan and the stepmother of a famous son; another the champion of the Greek refugees in Venice after the Turks conquered Constantinople in 1453. Their stories demonstrate the enterprise of some Byzantine women in the male-dominated society of their time.