September 19 – Theodore the Black; Susanna the Deaconness

Theodore the Black of Smolensk (d. 1298) was a swarthy lad, and a swarthy lad was he. (Nobody implicated his mother in anything and we’re not going to, either.) Born during Mongol Horde days, he survived the Battle of Smolensk by virtue of being hidden away somewhere. He was a great2 grandson of Rostislav of… Continue reading September 19 – Theodore the Black; Susanna the Deaconness