Pioneers and Princes

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  • ID: I4510
  • Name: Iohannes II (John) Komnenus
  • Given Name: Iohannes II (John)
  • Surname: Komnenus
  • Suffix: Emperor of the East
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 13 Sep 1087
  • Death: 8 Apr 1143 in Cilicia
  • Event: John II-aka 'the handsome' Name
  • _UID: 783C8F0191DA418AACD31DF235FBCF363D97
  • Change Date: 8 Mar 2011 at 19:35
  • Note:

    Stuart gives the mother of Theodora as Anna Delacassena but does not say that she was his wife. Pyriska, however, is given as his wife.

    He kept an austere court & spent most of his time with his troops. He sought to strengthen Byzantine finances by ending Venetian trading privileges in the empire. He great mistake was that they neglected the Byzantine fleet do they could not face the raids by the Venetians on the Aegean Islands etc. In 1126 he was forced to restore the Venetian privileges. In the north, he was more successful.
    He restored Byzantine authority in Cilicia in 1137 & forced Raymond I Prince of Antioch to recognized Byzantine suverainty. John & Raymond formed an alliance against the Turks-but it was not successful & John died in 1143.
    His complexion was so dark that he was called "the Moor" & also known as "John the Beautiful" intending spriritual not intentionally physical. He was said to have "been so pure" that he was called the "Byzantine Marcus Aurelius".
    He was accidentally killed by an arrow during a wild boar hunt on Mt. Taurus. He was buried in his own monastic complex in Constantinople. The 3 parallel churches stand today with the Turkish name Zerek Kilise Camii
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    Father: Alexius-Alexios I Komnenus b: Abt 1048
    Mother: Irene-Eirene Doukaina (Ducas) b: 1066

    Marriage 1 Anna Delassena b: 1020
    • Married:
    • Change Date: 8 Mar 2011
    Children
    1. Has Children Theodora Komnena b: Abt 1053

    Marriage 2 Irene (Piroska) Princess of Hungary b: Abt 1088
    • Married: 1104-1105
    • Change Date: 8 Mar 2011
    Children
    1. Has Children Andronike-Andronikos Komnenos b: Abt 1108

    Sources:
    1. Media: Book
      Abbrev: Royalty for Commoners
      Title: Royalty for Commoners
      The Complete Known Lineage of John of Gaunt
      Author: Roderick W. Stuart
      Publication: Genealogical Publishiing Co. Inc.
      Baltimore, MD 1992 Second Ed.
      Page: Pp 34, 83
      Quality: 3
    2. Media: Periodical
      Abbrev: Byzantine Ancestry
      Title: The Byzantine Ancestry of H.R.H. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales
      Author: Lindsay L. Brook
      Publication: The Genealogist Vol II 1981
      Assoc. for the Promotion of Scholarship in Genealogist, Ltd.
      380 Riverside Dr, N. 4-Q
      NY NY 10025
      Page: Pg 17
      Quality: 3
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