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Speaking of Catherine the Great, a lesser known, yet equally fascinating woman was Theodora of Constantinople, a woman who began in a brothel with a salacious stage show who went on to become the Empress of Rome and a saint in the Greek Orthodox church. I came across a recently published biography of hers and it seemed like something that should be on your reading list- Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore by Stella Duffy.

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