These vitae feature holy men and women who opposed imperial edicts and suffered for their defense of images, from the nun Theodosia whose efforts to save the icon of Christ Chalkites made her the first iconodule martyr, to Symeon of Lesbos, the pillar saint whose column was attacked by religious fanatics.
The second volume in this series introduces saints who were active during the period of the iconoclastic controversy in Byzantium (726–843). For almost a century and a half, theological and popular opinions were strongly divided on the question of the manufacture and veneration icons of Christ, the Virgin, and saints.
- Life of St. Theodosia of Constantinople
- Life of St. Stephen the Younger
- Life of St. Anthousa of Mantineon
- Life of St. Anthousa, Daughter of Constantine V
- Life of the Patriarch Nikephoros I of Constantinople
- Life of Sts. David, Symeon, and George of Lesbos
- Life of St. Ioannikios
- Life of St. Theodora the Empress