|re: Musical audio drama by Byzantine Choral Project “Icons /Idols: Irene”|
|Posted by: showtunetrivia 02:09 pm EDT 09/20/21|
|In reply to: Musical audio drama by Byzantine Choral Project “Icons /Idols: Irene” - Official_Press_Release 09:49 am EDT 09/20/21|
|Ooh, goody! Spoilers below for you peeps out there who didn’t do minor fields in Byzantine history. (Or are married to a guy with a PhD in that field.)
Can’t wait until they get to the exciting episode where she conspires against her son, who is now of age and kinda fed up with Mom being
Regent, has his eyes gouged out, and chucks him in prison where he dies! Seriously, Irene was not a nice person. I see the playwright does teach history, but I squirm at the notion of portraying this vicious bitch as some sort of heroic feminist (dare I say it?) icon. Yes, women in the eighth century had little or no rights. Yes, women who happened to be in positions of power in the eighth century likely had to be vicious bitches to survive. But if you though Tim Rice and ALW had a task in making a fascist Argentinian actress appealing to audiences, hoo boy, that’s a piece of cake compared to Irene. They are either going to fudge tremendously or sanitize her story beyond recognition.
Byzantine history is horrible, but few people know about the literal gory details. Harry took the hideous events of 11th century Byzantium, changed all the names and added magic, and that’s how his first major fantasy series sold. The editor who bought it said, “It’s so realistic, and yet not like anything that ever happened.” Heh.
Laura, who apologies to the Chatterati for putting on her historian hat twice in one morning
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