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Theodora (Unknown) di Tusculum (abt. 0870 - abt. 0916)

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Theodora "Senatrix" di Tusculum formerly [surname unknown]
Born about [location unknown]
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married about in Tusculummap [uncertain]
Descendants descendants
Died about [location unknown]
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Theodora (aka Teodora), Senatrix of Rome, was born about 870 and died about 917-925. Her origins are unknown.


Theodora married Theophylact I, Count (Lord) of Tusculum and they had the following children:[1]

  • Marozia, c. 890 - 937 in prison, likely the mistress of Pope Sergius III, who may have fathered her first child, Pope John XI; she m1. Alberic I of Spoleto, m2. Guido of Tuscany, m3. Hugh of Italy;
  • Theodora, d.950, m. Ioannes, had 2 daughters: Marozia and Stefania;
  • Sergia, died at age 7 months according to inscription at Church of Santa Maria Maggiore;
  • Bonifazio, died at age 1 year according to inscription at Church of Santa Maria Maggiore.


  • Theophylact I held the office of vestararius, essentially running the temporal affairs of the papacy[2] and his wife, Theodora, held the position of vestararissa;[3]
  • It is thought that she was the mistress of Pope John X;
  • In the writings of Luitprand of Cremona, she is portrayed in a very harsh way (as a "shameless whore", etc.).[4]
MEDIEVAL LANDS: A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families by Charles Cawley © Foundation for Medieval Genealogy & Charles Cawley 2000-2018.


  1. Cawley, Charles and FMG, Medieval Lands, A Prosopography of Medieval European Noble and Royal Families. Database online. 2006-2018.
  2. Lunt, William E., Papal Revenues in the Middle Ages. Columbia University Press, 1950. Page 5.
  3. Louis Duchesne, (Arnold Harris Mathew, tr.) The Beginnings of the Temporal Sovereignty of the Popes, A.D. 754-1073. (London, 1907) p. 205.
  4. Williams, George L., Papal Genealogy: The Families and Descendants of the Popes, McFarland, 2004. Access (search only) online at GoogleBooks, pp.11-15.

See Also:

  • Gregorovius, Ferdinand. The History of Rome in the Middle Ages, Vol. III. London: George Bell & Sons, 1895. Accessed online at GoogleBooks, p.250, 254-5.

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