Person:Theodora (3)

Theodora _____
d.31 Oct 1056
Facts and Events
Name Theodora _____
Gender Female
Birth[1] 980 House of Macedonians
Death[2] 31 Oct 1056
Reference Number? Q41666?

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Theodora Porphyrogenita (Theodōra Porphyrogenítē; c. 98031 August 1056) was Byzantine Empress from 21 April 1042 to her death on 31 August 1056, and sole ruler from 11 January 1055. She was born into the Macedonian dynasty that ruled the Eastern Roman Empire for almost 200 years.

Theodora became involved in political matters only late into her life. After the death of his father Constantine VIII in 1028, his older daughter Zoë co-ruled with her husbands Romanos III, Michael IV and finally Michael V, keeping Theodora closely watched. After two foiled plots, Theodora was exiled to an island monastery in the Sea of Marmara in 1031. A decade later, the people of Constantinople rose against Michael V and insisted that she return to rule alongside her sister Zoë.

After 65 days Zoë married again, to Constantine IX, who assumed the imperial responsibilities. Theodora seemingly retired to a convent after Zoë's death in 1050. When Constantine died, the 74-year-old Theodora returned to the throne despite fierce opposition from court officials and military claimants. For 16 months she ruled as empress in her own right before succumbing to a sudden illness and dying at 76. She was the last ruler of the Macedonian line.

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  1. Theodora (11th century), in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
  2. THEODORA, in Cawley, Charles. Medieval Lands: A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families.