Charlemagne and Irene of Athens: Roma Aeterna? Empress Irene was born between 750 and 755 into a noble family of Athens. WI: Irene of Athens secures a marriage alliance with Charlemagne Theophanes the Confessor claims that after Pope Leo III crowned Charlemagne Holy Roman Emperor, Byzantine Empress Irene of Athens attempted to secure a marriage alliance with him. Early life []. What if Irene of Athens married Charlemagne? ... rather than recognizing Irene of Athens of the Eastern Roman Empire. Prior to becoming empress regnant, Irene was empress consort from 775 to 780, and empress dowager and regent from 780 to 797. Thread starter HaraldOfVinland; Start date Apr 26, 2020; Apr 26, 2020; 1 #1 HaraldOfVinland. In 780, Irene negotiated a marriage between her son and the daughter of the Emperor of Romans Charlemagne, Rotrude. The Eastern Orthodox Church viewed Charlemagne less favourably due to his support of the filioque and the Pope's having preferred him as emperor over the Byzantine Empire's first female monarch, Irene of Athens. Irene was related to the noble Greek Sarantapechos family of Athens and was brought to Constantinople by Emperor Constantine V on 1 November 768 and was married to his son Leo IV. Charlemagne + Irene of Athens. After her death, she became a saint in the Eastern Orthodox Church.. Copperplate engraving from Abraham Bogaert’s De Roomsche Monarchy, The Roman Monarchy, Francois Salma, Utrecht, 1697. She was also known to have initiated the Second Council of Nicea. Irene of Athens, Irene Sarantapechaina, 752-803, and son Constantinus, Konstantinus, 771-805. Charlemagne has been called the "Father of Europe" ... of the filioque and the Pope’s having preferred him as Emperor over the Byzantine Empire’s first female pretender Irene of Athens. Empress Irene: A Byzantine empress who ruled from 797–802, during the time of Charlemagne’s coronation. In my opinion, the marriage between Charlemagne and Irene would result in expulsion and loss of succession rights for Irene as the regnant 'eastern' roman empress due to her marriage with a 'barbarian' dynasty. Thread starter Olligarchy; Start date Mar 16, 2015; Olligarchy King of the Potato People. He united much of Europe during the early Middle Ages. Also, to open the posts of this year, certainly later than planned, we begin with the Byzantine Empress Irene of Athens and how important she was to the Orthodox Eastern Church. The Eastern Orthodox Church viewed Charlemagne less favorably due to his support of the filioque and the Pope's having preferred him as Emperor over the Byzantine Empire's Irene of Athens. 742: Charles the Great is born on April 2, traditionally in this year, but possibly as late as 747 751: Charlemagne's father Pippin is declared king, beginning what would later be called the Carolingian dynasty 768: Upon the death of Pippin, the kingdom of Francia is divided between Charles and his brother Carloman 771: Carloman dies; Charles becomes sole ruler Irene of Athens or Irene the Athenian (Greek: Εἰρήνη ἡ Ἀθηναία; c. 752 – 9 August 803 AD) is the commonly known name of Irene Sarantapechaina (Greek: Εἰρήνη Σαρανταπήχαινα), Byzantine empress regnant from 797 to 802. Charlemagne … Charlemagne - Charlemagne - Emperor of the Romans: Charlemagne’s prodigious range of activities during the first 30 years of his reign were prelude to what some contemporaries and many later observers viewed as the culminating event of his reign: his coronation as Roman emperor. She was brought to Constantinople by Emperor Constantine V on November 1, 768, and was married to his son, Leo IV, on December 17. Irene was also known for her generous financial policies, which were especially friendly to monasteries. Her usurpation of the imperial throne created a theoretical justification for the coronation of Charlemagne. Her family background is not known. Although she was an orphan, her uncle or cousin, Constantine Sarantapechos, was a patrician and was possibly the strategos of the theme of Hellas at the end of the 8th century. He died of his wounds in 797 AD and Irene assumed total power, styling herself "Basileus", meaning Emperor. ... flourished in Western Europe. Charlemagne was born during the Dark Ages and became King of Lombards a Frankish state in what would be Germany around 768 AD. We don’t know much about her parents, but she was very young when they passed, leaving the poor little girl at the mercy of different relatives. But what would have happened if she never was. Irene Of Athens. Name variations: Irene the Great; Eirene. Athena Irene or Athena Irene (Greek: Ειρήνη η Αθηναία) (752 – 803) is a common Blessed Nini Sunflower Leopard Shirt name of Irene Sarantapechaina (Greek: Ειρήνη Σαρανταπήχαινα), the East Roman Queen, who held the position from 797 to 802. Timeline . Her usurpation of the imperial throne created a theoretical justification for the coronation of Charlemagne. These and other disputes led to the eventual later split of Rome and Constantinople in the Great Schism of 1054. Although she was an orphan, her uncle or cousin Constantine Sarantapechos was a patrician and possibly also a strategos ("general") of the theme of Hellas at the end of the eighth century. Pre-1900s. Irene of Athens (c. 752 – 9 August 803), also known as Irene Sarantapechaina, was Byzantine empress consort by marriage to Leo IV from 775 to 780, regent during the minority of her son Constantine VI from 780 until 790, co-regent from 792 until 797, and finally sole ruler and first empress regnant of the Byzantine Empire from 797 to 802. These and other disputes led to the eventual later … Her usurpation of the imperial throne created a theoretical justification for the coronation of Charlemagne. Irene was related to the noble Greek Sarantapechos family of Athens. Irene Sarantapehos the Athenian (797-802) Constantine VI. 803- Irene and Charlemagne's son, Theodosius , is born. However, besides being a rival to that of the Byzantine’s he was also a rival with Irene of Athens the Empress of the Eastern Roman Empire. Many hail this as a miracle, for it was believed that the Empress was long past her childbearing years (this seeming miracle would also be heavily played up in propaganda by the Karolingus dynasty). An East Roman (Byzantine) empress, Irene of Athens (752-803) convened the Seventh Ecumenical Council and restored the veneration of icons in the Byzantine Empire. Irene was born in Athens, sometime between 750-755. Gold solidus coin with the image of Irene of Athens. Charlemagne (April 2, 742 – January 28, 814), numbered Charles I, was King of the Franks from 768, King of the Lombards from 774 and Emperor of the Romans from 800. The Pope refused to recognise her rule, crowning Charlemagne as Roman Emperor in 800 AD. Before becoming the current Queen, Irene was Queen from 775 to 780 and Queen Queen from 780 to 797. Irene reigned for five years, from 797 to 802. Refusing to recognize Irene's reign, Pope Leo III crowned Charlemagne as Holy Roman Emperor. Byzantine Empire : Sometimes referred to as the Eastern Roman Empire, was the continuation of the Roman Empire in the East during Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, when its … Date of birth : - Date of death : - Birthplace : Athens, Greek Empire Nationality : Ancient Greek Category : Historian personalities Last modified : 2011-06-30 The first woman ever to hold the throne of the Roman Caesars in her own right, however illegally, the empress Irene was born to an obscure but noble Greek family of Athens. She was born in Athens (752) and her father was Theofylaktos Sarantapechos. Empress Irene of Athens was the first female ruler of the Byzantine Empire. Irene of Athens (c. 752–803)First woman to be sole ruler of the Byzantine empire who ruled for ten years, displaying firmness and intelligence, and summoned the council at Nicaea in 787, which formally revived the adoration of images and reunited the Eastern church with that of Rome. Charles was at the best case another Emperor of the medieval Christian world, nevertheless under no circumstances the one, singular and timeless Roman Emperor, a title which rightfully belonged to Justinian, to Heraclius, to Irene, reaching until the death of the last Roman Emperor, the legendary Constantine XI Palaeologos . An East Roman (Byzantine) empress, Irene of Athens (752-803) convened the Seventh Ecumenical Council and restored the veneration of icons in the Byzantine Empire. 801- Wedding of Empress Irene of Athens and Charlemagne, starting the union between Byzantium and the Carolingian Empire. Pope Leo III, who needed help against enemies in Rome and who saw the throne of the Byzantine emperor as vacant (lacking a male occupant), crowned Charlemagne as Roman Emperor in 800. Since Irene didn’t have any siblings, she must have had quite a … Irene Serantapechaina, known as Irene of Athens or Irene the Athenian (Greek: Ειρήνη η Αθηναία, "Eirēnē") (c. 752 – August 9, 803) was a Byzantine empress regnant from 797 to 802, having previously been Empress consort from 775-780, and empress mother and regent from 780-797. She apparently was a beautiful but orphaned girl who at the age of seventeen was brought to Constantinople by the Emperor Constantine V to be married to his son Leo in November 769. She gave birth to a son, Constantine, on January 14, 771. Byzantine Empress Irene and Emperor Constantine VI. Irene was born in Athens about the year 752. It is believed that she was born of a Greek noble family. Born in Athens of a Greek noble family, between the years of 750 and 755, little is known regarding Irene Sarantapechaina's life before ascending to the Byzantine throne. Irene was born in Athens sometime between 750 and 755. She was a member of the noble Greek Sarantapechos family, which had significant political influence in central mainland Greece. Pronunciation: EYE-REE-nee. Technically, he wasn’t a Roman Emperor as the Roman Empire (more popularly known as ‘Byzantine’) still existed in the East and was under the rule of Empress Irene of Athens. Byzantine Empress Irene and Emperor Constantine VI. Empress Irene of Athens was the first woman ever to be the ruler of the Byzantine Empire. Shortly after his coronation as Holy Roman Emperor, Charlemagne proposed to Irene of Athens, the Byzantine Empress, but this marriage never took place as she was murdered. 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