Theodora Palaiologina Synadene

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Theodora Palaiologina Synadene (Greek: Θεοδώρα Παλαιολογίνα Συναδηνή) was the daughter of Constantine Palaiologos and Irene Komnene Laskarina Branaina. Through her father, she was a half-niece of the Byzantine Emperor Michael VIII Palaiologos.

Early life[edit]

Both of Theodora's parents died when she was young and unmarried, after which time she was brought up under the guardianship of her paternal half-uncle, the emperor Michael VIII.[1]

Marriage and children[edit]

Sometime after being taken in by her half-uncle,[1] Theodora was married to a Byzantine noble named John Angelos Doukas Synadenos,[2] by whom she had three children:

Later life[edit]

It was not long after the death of her husband that Theodora decided to create the convent of Bebaia Elpis ("Sure Hope"[7]) in Constantinople, bringing her daughter, Euphrosyne, along with her.[8] Sometime in the 14th century, she wrote the Typicon of Bebaia Elpis

The exact year of Theodora's death is unknown, though it was certainly in the 14th century.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b 'Typikon of Theodora Synadene for the Convent of the Mother of God Bebaia Elpis in Constantinople' (trans. Alice-Mary Talbot), 8
  2. ^ 'Typikon of Theodora Synadene for the Convent of the Mother of God Bebaia Elpis in Constantinople' (trans. Alice-Mary Talbot), 116
  3. ^ 'Typikon of Theodora Synadene for the Convent of the Mother of God Bebaia Elpis in Constantinople' (trans. Alice-Mary Talbot), 118
  4. ^ a b 'Typikon of Theodora Synadene for the Convent of the Mother of God Bebaia Elpis in Constantinople' (trans. Alice-Mary Talbot), 119
  5. ^ Cawley, Charles, 'Byzantine 1261-1453' from Medieval Lands by FMG and Cawley, C, Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, retrieved August 2012 ,[better source needed]
  6. ^ 'Typikon of Theodora Synadene for the Convent of the Mother of God Bebaia Elpis in Constantinople' (trans. Alice-Mary Talbot), 135
  7. ^ Thomas, J. & Hero, A.C. (eds.), Byzantine Foundation Documents (2000), p. 1512
  8. ^ 'Typikon of Theodora Synadene for the Convent of the Mother of God Bebaia Elpis in Constantinople' (trans. Alice-Mary Talbot), 8-9

References[edit]

  • 'Typikon of Theodora Synadene for the Convent of the Mother of God Bebaia Elpis in Constantinople' (trans. Alice-Mary Talbot) from Byzantine Monastic Foundation Documents: A Complete Translation of the Surviving Founder's Typika and Testaments, Thomas, J. & Hero, A.C. (eds.) (Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington D.C. 2000) [1]
  • Thomas, J. & Hero, A.C., Byzantine Foundation Documents (Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington D.C. 2000)
  • Cawley, Charles, Byzantine 1261-1453, Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, retrieved August 2012 ,[better source needed]