Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore – Stella Duffy

imagesFor those like me, who didn’t know who Theodora was, she was an Empress of the Byzantine Empire and the wife of Emperor Justinian I. She lived in the years 500 – 28 June 548. She and her husband are both saints in the Orthodox Church, commemorated on the 14th of November. Theodora was one of, if not the most influential and powerful woman in the Byzantine Empire.

Years ago I remember hearing a great quote about books. The person said, ‘How else can you carry another world around in your pocket….’ never have I felt this more true than with this book.

Stella really has brought all this history to life in this book. You know how we read of these ancient people in wikipedia and it is all very interesting but really just the facts, nothing more. But with this book Stella takes the life of a person from history and embellishes it into a great novel, you get a real sense of the times she lived in, the city and the people. How they lived out their lives, even down to their feelings, which are not so different really from how we feel today.

It starts with Theodora as a child working with her father who is a bear trainer, then we follow the twists and turns of her life, which I won’t go into here as I don’t want to spoil the read! Suffice it to say you are taken on an astounding journey, a lovely dip into an unknown history!

I would highly recommend it!


Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore

 

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