Episode 184 – Act Two Begins

Constantine IX Monomachos (left) and Zoe (right) (mosaic in Hagia Sophia)

Constantine IX Monomachos (left) and Zoe (right) (mosaic in Hagia Sophia)

Constantine IX Monomachos (mosaic in Hagia Sophia)

Constantine IX Monomachos (mosaic in Hagia Sophia)

Zoe chooses Constantine Monomachos to be her new husband and Emperor. We discuss his character and relationship with our historian Michael Psellos. Then move on to two major challenges which greeted his arrival on the throne.

Period: 1042-44

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2 thoughts on “Episode 184 – Act Two Begins

  1. Myriokephalon

    Having read Streams of Gold, Rivers of Blood, who are the other recent historians besides Kaldellis who are attempting to rehabilitate him?

    • Michael Angold and Dimitris Krallis are the two covering this period extensively. I wouldn’t say either attempt specifically to rehabilitate him but both are trying to iron out biases in Psellos’ account.

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