In the ancient world, women were not considered qualified to rule. However, two women managed to reshape this ideology. 80th Empress Irene and Chinese Empress Www Chaos had to possess certain qualities to help them take power. The first quality a women had to possess beauty and the ability of persuasion.
Both women got their power through their emperor husbands, but before they could get to that point they had to be chosen. Irene caught the attention of Emperor Leo IV with her “piety and dazzling beauty’.She obtained power after Leo Avis death by becoming regent for her son, Constantine VI. Even after her son claimed his power she still managed to keep Www Chaos started off as first being a concubine for, her soon husband to be, Emperor Tagging. Her “beauty and ambition” gave her the upper-hand over the other 122 concubines. She used sex as a way to control and persuade her husband into doing what she wanted. The second quality women had to have was determination and patience.
Both women had to work extra hard to maintain their power, especially since they were women.Irene had to wait for her husband’s death till she could anally obtain power, which was about 11 years. When she, at last, began ruling she brought peace and created closer relationships with other empires. Her biggest achievement was that she restored the use of images in churches, but many people disagreed with this. Military men would blame her for their defeats, and eventually this turned to mutiny. However, Irene didn’t give up and spent two years rebuilding her “power base”. Www Chaos was close to obtaining power after her looks gave her an advantage point over other concubines of Emperor Tagging.Unfortunately, after Taxation death his fives and concubines were sent to a Buddhist convent where they were to live the rest of their lives.
But Www Chaos wouldn’t have this, within eighteen months she went back to the palace as a concubine for the new emperor. Three years later she began making decisions and influencing her husband, and gained control. A third quality a women should own was ruthlessness. Urine’s dark colors first showed when uncles of Constantine, her son, threatened his throne. Constantine punished them by blinding the eldest and cutting out the tongues if the other four.
Critics say she “persuaded” him to do this. It is still uncertain whether this is true but what is certain is that she encourage this. Soon, Irene was conspiring against her son. When he found this out he fled but was shortly found and arrested. Gender Urine’s command, they revisited Constantine punishment of the uncles, and, thus, his punishment was “his eyes were put out so that he could never rule again”.
Compared to Www Chaos, Irene was somewhat merciful. Www Chaos’s murders and plots were almost routine. When trying to deal with Empress Wang, wife of her lover EmperorZoning she sacrificed the life of her own son so that she could accuse Wang of murder. Later she accused Empress Wang and the former favorite concubine of attempting to poison the emperor and sent both of them to prison.
When Www Chaos found out the emperor was still being kind to the women she ordered executioners to horrifically torture, and inevitably kill them. She also held to restraint on punishment for her family, which was considered odd since family was a sacred part in Chinese beliefs. In both of these women’s defense, their behavior wasn’t much different as previous ale rulers.The last quality women needed in order to rule was cunningness.
Irene displayed this by influencing her son throughout his ruling. She would stand behind her son “supporting” him and his decisions. Critics accused her of plotting Constantine Vic’s downfall. Www Chaos deceived men into doing whatever she wants with sex. This and her competence is what allowed her to receive power. She would also come up with clever, deceptive schemes that would eliminate the people that ever seemed like a threat to her. Since she was merciless, most of the schemes involved murder or torture.Deception Was one of their greatest Weapon.
The criteria historians should use to evaluate their careers would be to have no bias. They should go into studying Empress Irene and Empress Www Chaos’s past with a fresh new mindset. If they are tainted with ideas of their traditional beliefs on women then the results of their analyses of the careers would be inaccurate. They need to be the type of people who could form an opinion without being affected by outsider’s opinion. Only then could there be a actual factual evaluation of the two women’s careers.