July 28 – Irene of Chrysovalantou; Samson of Dol

Irene of Chrysovalantou (d. 912) was born to wealthy parents (a common theme) in Cappadocia (not as common), and was chosen to be the bride of Michael, son of Theodora the Restora (Feb 11) (quite unusual). Irene agreed, no doubt figuring there were worse things than being empress of the Byzantine (she wouldn’t have called… Continue reading July 28 – Irene of Chrysovalantou; Samson of Dol