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« on: February 07, 2003, 04:00:25 am »

Ok, same sort of thing as "Phocas and Leontia". I know vaguely who John V is, have no idea who this Anna is. Roll Eyes Anyone know, a nice biography would be handy. Wink Who what, when, where was she hacked to pieces sort of thing. Roll Eyes
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« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2003, 06:39:34 pm »

In brief, she was the mother and Regent of John V. She attempted some power politics, but only wound up causing a civil war which saw her pawn what remained of the crown jewels to Venice, ship Turkish mercenaries into Europe, and, not to forget, lose power to John (VI) Cantacouzenos.

With her Catholic sympathies - being from Savoy (n. Italy) she was originally Catholic; her Italian hangers-on; her fondness for tournaments and assorted other Frankish entertainments; her opposition to St Gregory Palamas; and the stuff up above, you won't be surprised that she was pretty much unanimously loathed by the chroniclers. (In her defence, they're often moonlighting monks - a group she had particularly strained relations with.)

Amazingly, she wasn't hacked to death, but lived to the ripe old age of about 60.

As to biographies, and good general lit, that's a whole thread in and of itself.
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« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2003, 08:42:25 pm »

Cool, thanks for the info.Smiley
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