Jeanne-Anne, princesse de Savoie et impératrice de Byzance

Abstract : In 1326 Jeanne of Savoy, the young fiancée of the widowed and childless Andronikos III, co-emperor with his grandfather, Andronikos II, arrived in Constantinople. What circumstances gave rise to this marriage, and what were its benefits? What kind of life did this decidedly foreign empress lead in the Byzantine court? And why did she provoke so much hatred on becoming empress of Byzantium? This article considers numerous questions associated with Jeanne of Savoy: the issues underlying her marriage during a period when Byzantium was wracked by civil wars; the reign of Anna Palaiologina (her Byzantine name and title); her influence as a Westerner in the court; her role as consort and her real power after Andronikos III’s death; her relentless struggle against the usurpation of John Kantakouzenos; the power of her legitimacy as well as her weaknesses within a council divided by the political ambitions of her entourage.
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Elisabeth Malamut. Jeanne-Anne, princesse de Savoie et impératrice de Byzance. MALAMUT Elisabeth; NICOLAÏDES Andreas. Impératrices, princesses, aristocrates et saintes souveraines. De l'Orient chrétien et musulman au Moyen Âge et au début des temps modernes, Presses Universitaires de Provence, pp.85-118, 2014, Le temps de l'histoire, 978-2-85399-901-4. ⟨http://presses-universitaires.univ-amu.fr/imperatrices-princesses-aristocrates-saintes-souveraines⟩. ⟨halshs-00968508⟩

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