Icons of the Iconodule: Gender, Politics, and Orthodoxy in the Palaiologan Imagery of Saint Theodosia
Dean, Helena Ann
Saint Theodosia of Constantinople, an iconodule martyr of the eighth century, was credited with leading the resistance to the destruction of the icon of Christ on the Chalke Gate. This thesis focuses on the icons of Theodosia, which date largely to the Palaiologan period (1261-1453). The icons are examined through an investigation of the cult of Theodosia in the Palaiologan period, taking into account important contemporary political and religious issues, such as the relationship between Byzantium and the West and the nature of Orthodox doctrine. Issues regarding women and icons will also be considered.