An army revolt leads to Constantine becoming sole ruler. But soon Irene is back in the palace while her son searches in vain for military glory. Eventually though her desire to rule again overwhelms her love for her son.
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Hi Robin, great podcast as always.
Questions for the End of Century podcasts:
This may be jumping the gun slightly, but I know the coronation of Charles is right around the corner so I suppose I’ll ask it now – how did the Romans view the Holy Roman Emperor? Did they take the modern historian view that it was neither Holy nor Roman nor an Empire, or did they see it as being in any way a coequal title or some sort of successor to the Western Empire?
In the same vein, did anyone outside of the Byzantine sphere still think of themselves as Romans, or had their identities been subsumed into the medieval successor states? Would anyone in northern Italy/France call themselves a Roman?
How did the Bulgarians get so good at beating up the Romans? Was it just a combination of luck, home field advantage, and Roman arrogance? Was the Bulgarian kingdom a more well organized state then I am picturing?
What was the relationship between Constantinople and the lost Eastern metropolises like Antioch and Alexandria? Was there still any kind of cultural exchange going on, or had that died down by this point?