Queen of the World – 4

By Christopher Zoukis  Image courtesy zazzle.com

Things were now out of control.  Total chaos and anarchy ruled Constantinople, not Justinian or his Empress.  Beyond belief, women left their homes, flocked into the streets and urged their men to fight, to attack the royal palace.

Inside the palace, Emperor Justinian and his high-ranking officials discussed fleeing the city, which appeared to them to be their only option, if they wished to continue to live.

Again beyond belief, because women, even Empresses, did not address such Councils, Theodora rose and spoke to the gathered group of men.  She told them that flight was not only unthinkable, it was cowardly.  She urged them to send troops to the Hippodrome, where the rebels had now massed to select their own leader, to annihilate the rebels.

Shocked by her words and the fire in her eyes, the Council did as she suggested.  Troops marched on the Hippodrome, where they entered and wiped out the rebels.  30,000 to 50,000 people fell to the sword inside the Hippodrome.  In the days after the carnage, the property of all individuals who had joined the rebellion was confiscated.  Justinian used much of this wealth to reward his supporters, one of whom was Theodora.  She received the bulk of the confiscated monies and lands. 

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