Empress Theodora was one of the most influential and powerful women in the Early Middle Ages. She was the wife of Emperor Justinian I and joint ruler of the Byzantine Empire.Many decisions concerning the government were made by Theodora.
Virgin Mary holding Child Christ, detail from Comnenus mosaic, Hagia Sophia, Byzantine, century This inspired me to include a very important icon in Tobias's story. The effects of this icon are far reaching.
Theodora (wife of Justinian I) - century mosaic from Basilica of San Vitale. We forget that the Roman empire didn't vanish in the century when Britain was abandoned. This mosaic in Ravenna is one of the masterpieces of roman art.