Irene, the Terrible?

I am Irene of Athens.  From 797-802, I ruled the Byzantine Empire.  My husband was Emperor Leo IV and after his death, I became guardian of our 10-year-old son, Constantine VI and co-emperor with him.

When he was older, my son’s attempt to seize power was crushed by me.  He banished me from court but I returned and was co-ruler again.  Later, at my orders, he was arrested and blinded.      

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This was written for the Weekend Writing Prompt by Sammi Cox. For instructions, click Here.

Sources: Local Histories; Britannica; Factinate

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