Sailor Moon aka Princess Serenity in Elie Saab Spring 2014 Couture. Match made in Heaven.
This reminds me that I should/could make a pin board of Princess Serenity style clothing….
I think I need one of these…
"Moreover, popular narratives about the end of [legally sanctioned black, U.S slavery] erase[s] the agency of black people themselves.
And, I suppose we can say that if Lincoln did not really free the slaves, he was shrewd enough to recognize that the only hope of winning the civil war resided in pre-aiding the opportunity for black people to fight for their own freedom.”
Happy President’s day, ya’ll!
Angela Davis is a truly amazing person and I am continually in awe of her speaking powers.
History Meme - 1/6 Women - Irene, Byzantine Emperor
Irene, born AD 752, died AD 803, ruled as Emperor of the Byzantium Empire (aka the Eastern Roman Empire,) firstly from 780 as guardian of her son Constantine VI, and then from 797 in her own right, until 802 when she was deposed.
Her key legacy was the restoration of the use of icons in the Eastern Empire, one of the most important doctrinal disputes in Europe at the time. At the Council of Nicea in AD 787, a meeting that supposedly included all of Christendom, icons were officially reinstated as per her wishes.
Her influence was clearly considerable, yet her power was not as absolute as she wished. Upon reaching maturity in 790 her son Constantine VI removed her from power. She was banished from court completely and Constantine ruled as sole Emperor.
However in 792 Constantine foolishly allowed his mother to return to court, he even went so far as to reinstate her as co-ruler. While at court Irene plotted. Using the Bishops and Courtiers in her son’s employ she masterminded as coup and placed herself back on the throne in 796/7. To ensure he was not able to take the throne from her again she had Constantine blinded to make him incapable of holding office and thereafter ruled in her own name. Constantine meanwhile died from his wounds.
She then ruled Constantinople as Emperor (not Empress) for five years, engaging in key diplomacy with Pope Leo III and the Frankish Emperor Charlemagne. She was a clearly a skilled diplomat - Charlemagne was in a position to claim her title but he never did so. It is possible (although unlikely - the Frankish sources make no mention of it) that in 802 there was a plan to wed Irene and Charlemagne and therefore a possibility of uniting much of the former Roman Empire.
If such plans did exist they never came to fruition, and if anything the peaceful negotiation with the Franks weakened Irene’s position in Constantinople. In choosing diplomacy not war she alienated some of her court and strengthened her opponents.
Therefore in 802 her reign was ended by a conspiracy of officers and generals within her government. They deposed her and placed the leader of the plot, the Minister of Finance, on the throne. Irene was once again exiled.
She died approximately a year later on the 9th of August 803, she is immortalised as a Saint by the Greek Orthodox Church.