David Bowie's quirky observation is nowhere more apparent than in the extraordinary relationship of Vassilis and Michael, the first a peasant, the other a scion of the Amorion dynasty of New Rome, and their connections with court starlet Ingerina.
There must have been many agendas. Vassilis, already a chamberlain, yearned for power of some kind. The beautiful Eudokia Ingerina, thwarted as she must have been by the decisions of those in power (the Regent and the Eunuch Logothete decided she was not to wed Michael in a Bride Show) must have had similar ambitions.
The solution the boys think they came up with was simple, though not perhaps as elegant as one might wish for.
Eudokia and Vassilis were to be engaged. But how and why could a young man like Vassilis give up his wife and child? And why would a a court starlet like Ingerina marry Vassilis - a chamberlain!
Lust must have played a big part. Although an Emperor could not decree affection from his subjects, he could sweeten the deal. But I think that what Vassilis and Michael worked out could have gone nowhere without Ingerina's intervention.
Under the circumstances, would you have done it any differently?