Month: January 2020

Book Five Notes

64. The Guardian of the Orphans was banished to the monastery of Monobatae. Cedrenus (749D) has a different account. Accord...

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Michael V Part 25

49. When the executioner tried to tie him down, to prevent him moving at the moment of blinding, he said, ‘Look you. If you see me budge, nai...

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Michael V Part 24

47. Actually they had already left the church, and a shameful reception awaited them outside. The rabble made fun of them, naturally enough under t...

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Michael V Part 23

He swore by the Holy Relics and used all manner of persuasion, saying that they would neither suffer any evil nor would he, the Empress’s env...

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Michael V Part 22

The Nobilissimus denied that he was privy to his nephew’s plot against Zoe. He had encouraged him in no other designs. ‘If I had wished...

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Michael V Part 21

39. So much for them. Theodora’s companions meanwhile sent a guard for him. The guard commander was one of the nobles**74 and I myself accomp...

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Michael V Part 20

The Mob is Led Away to the Augusta Theodora

36. As I have said, the people revolted against the tyrant, but they were afraid their efforts ...

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Michael V Part 19

33. The war, therefore, flared up against him all the more bitterly. But the rebels were afraid lest the combined efforts of Michael and Zoe might ...

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Michael V Part 18

His retinue were armed with daggers, so that if anyone met them, they could slay him at once. Charging thus through the city they dashed to the gat...

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Michael V Part 17

29. It was decided first to attack the emperor’s family and tear down their proud and luxurious mansions. With this object they advanced to t...

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Michael V Part 16

How was it this low-born fellow dared to raise a hand against a woman of such lineage? How could he conceive so vile a thought against her? No othe...

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Michael V Part 15

25. Up to this time the emperor had lived in the lap of luxury and he was extremely proud of his achievements. Throughout the city, however, —...

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Michael V Part 14

It was like a scene from a play. Her so-called plots against himself were revealed, while he told them how for a long time past he had suspected he...

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Michael V Part 13

She spoke of her father and her ancestors (her family had occupied the throne for four generations before she inherited the Empire) and when she re...

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Michael V Part 12

I say this, because I myself have some knowledge of the science, a knowledge acquired after long and diligent study, and I have been of some assist...

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Michael V Part 11

Not one of the agreements made with her was respected by Michael, and when even these restrictions failed to satisfy him, he brought upon her the f...

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Michael V Part 10

Every one of them was a eunuch. They understood what he required of them and they were well fitted to serve his desires. Indeed, he never questione...

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Michael V Part 9

Michael, on the other hand, being the supreme ruler of the Empire, was in a superior position and he made good use of it. There was no secret about...

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Michael V Part 8

He gradually developed this theme and presently launched a big-scale attack. He recalled John’s arrogance in the past, exposed his ill-will a...

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Michael V Part 7

He proceeded to effect a reconciliation between the emperor and his kinsmen. He persuaded him to grant certain privileges to them, with the promise...

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Michael V Part 6

In fact, more than that, he seems to me to have felt envy even for the supernatural, so great was his dislike and suspicion of all men in all circu...

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Michael V Part 5

They shared their secrets. They stood side by side in their campaign against John, knowing that he, on his part, was scheming against them. If he h...

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Michael V Part 4

The more he acquiesced in John’s schemes, the more John suspected his motives. He plumbed the hollow depths of the young emperor’s mind...

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Michael V Part 3

4. So with one accord they straightway banded together for the contest. With the artillery of their logic they laid siege to her soul — an ea...

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Michael V Part 2