Emperor’s Daughter in Love with a Prisoner: Comparing the Stories of Scylitzes and Anonymus Presbyter Diocleae
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According to the Synopsis of History of John Scylitzes, the “monarch of all Bulgaria” Samuel married his daughter Miroslava to Ashot Taronites, his prisoner of war and son of the former Byzantine Duke of Thessaloniki: Ὁ Σαμουὴλ δὲ πρὸς τὰ οἰκεῖα ἀνασωθεὶς γαμβρὸν ἄγεται ἐπὶ τῇ αὐτοῦ θυγατρὶ Ἀσώτιον τὸν τοῦ Ταρωνίτου υἱόν, τῶν δεσμῶν ἐλευθερώσας· πρὸς τοῦτον γὰρ ἡ παῖς αὐτοῦ Μιροσθλάβα ἐρωτικῶς διατεθεῖσα ἐξάξειν ἑαυτὴν ἠπείλει, εἰ μὴ νομίμως αὐτῷ συναφθείη. ἐκτελέσας δὲ τοὺς γάμους ἐκπέμπει μετ’ αὐτῆς τοῦτον εἰς τὸ Δυρράχιον, ἐπὶ φυλακῇ τάχα τῆς χώρας. In translation: “When Samuel returned safely to his homeland he took Asotios, son of Taronites, out of prison and made him his son-in-law by marrying him to his daughter. For she had fallen in love with him and was threatening to kill herself unless she could be legally married to him. Once the marriage was a fait accompli, he sent him off with her to Dyrrachion to ensure the security of the district.”1 The event took place immediately a...fter Samuel had lost the battle with the Romans at Spercheos, i.e. 996 A.D.
Keywords:John Scylitzes / Emperor Samuel / Miroslava / Anonimys Presbyter Diocleae
Source:Byzanz und das Abendland: Begegnungen zwischen Ost und West: Antiquitas, Byzantium, renascentia, 2013, 5, 1, 273-283