Bride-show — a custom of Byzantine emperors and Russian tsars to choose a wife among the most beautiful maidens of the country.

Notable marriages: Theophilos and Theodora, three wives of Ivan IV of Russia, Peter the Great's mother.


  • Afinogenov, D. "The Bride-show of Theophilos: Some notes on the Sources," Eranos 95. 1997, pp. 10-18.
  • Rydén, Lennart. "The Bride-shows at the Byzantine Court - History or Fiction?" Eranos 83, 1985, pp. 175-191.
  • Treadgold, W. T., "The Bride-shows of the Byzantine Emperors," Byzantion 49. 1979, pp. 395-413.
  • Bourboulis, Photeine, “The Bride-Show Custom and the Fairy-Story of Cinderella.”

In P. P. Bourboulis, Studies in the History of Modern Greek Story-Motives. Thessalonike, 1953. Pp. 40-52.

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