Empress, Strategist… Saint? Irene of Byzantium

18m · May 1, 2021

Empress, Strategist… Saint? Irene of Byzantium

(Lucy) Plucked from obscurity to become the wife of an emperor, Irene of Athens went on to become regent and empress in her own right. A ruthless strategist, an international diplomat, and an intelligent politician, she was also an influential participant in Byzantium’s early medieval controversy over icons, which some saw as threatening imperial power. This episode explores her life, reign, and historical reputation.   Click here for tips for  Or here to buy some  We are now on  checked by members of our team! And you can find out how to support us through our 


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