THEODORA (d. 1057) , daughter of theemperor
See also:Constantine VIII . Possessed of a strong and austere character, she refused the
See also:hand of the
See also:Romanus, who was married instead to her
See also:sister Zoe (1028) . Though living in retirement she excited Zoe's
See also:jealousy, and on a pretext of
See also:conspiracy was confined in a monastery . In 1042 the popular
See also:movement which caused the dethronement of Michael V. also led to Theodora's
See also:instalment as joint-empress with her sister . After two months of active participation in
See also:government she allowed herself to be virtually superseded by Zoe's new
See also:husband, Constantine IX . Upon his
See also:death in 1054, in spite of her seventy years, she reasserted her dormant rights with vigour,and frustrated an attempt to supersede her on behalf of the general Nicephorus
See also:Bryennius . By her
See also:firm administration she controlled the unruly nobles and checked numerous abuses; but she marred her reputation by excessive severity towards private enemies and the undue employment of menials for advisers . She died suddenly in 1057 . See G .
See also:History of
See also:Greece, vol. ii . (
See also:Oxford, 1877); G . Schlumberger, L'Epopee
See also:Byzantine, vol. iii.(
See also:Paris .
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