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Manuel I Komnenos, Byzantine Emperor[1, 2, 3]

Male 1118 - 1180  (62 years)


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  • Name Manuel I Komnenos 
    Suffix Byzantine Emperor 
    Born 15 Aug 1118  Istanbul, Turkey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Military 1147  Istanbul, Turkey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Second Crusade 
    • "For Manuel, the Second Crusade was a worrisome threat. As the Frankish armies approached the empire the emperor's concerns deepened to such an extent that he decided to secure his eastern frontier by agreeing a temporary truce with Ma'sud, the Seljuq sultan in Anatolia. To the Greeks this was a logical step that allowed Manuel to focus upon the thousands of Latin troops nearing his western borders. But, when they learned of the deal, many crusaders saw it as an act of treachery." [4]
    Second Crusade (1147 - 1149 AD)
    Second Crusade (1147 - 1149 AD)
    The Second Crusade was a recruiting coup but little else: Kings now commanded the Latin armies. The objective, however, was gauzy. The Greeks, who had invited the First Crusade to secure the eastern borders of Byzantium, were wary of a second wave of large European armies. Manuel I hurried, first Konrad and then Louis, across the Bosporus into Anatolia. The German contingent soon turned for home, victims of the inhospitable climate and bellicose inhabitants. The French fared little better. Leaving Konrad in Ephesus, Louis was harassed all the way to Adalia where his reduced force sailed for Antioch. Once in the Holy Land, Louis quarreled with the Prince of Antioch, who rightly considered Aleppo as the pressing strategic objective. Louis joined Konrad in Acre and they set their sights on Damascus. The city was subjected to a short-lived siege but quarreling (Thierry, Count of Flanders, was pushed as a candidate to rule of the city) and thirst (the army had shifted its position away from the Barada river) caused interest to wane. When Nur al-Din threatened to take the field, the crusaders decamped for home.
    Military Oct 1158  Antakya, Turkey Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Syrian Campaign 
    • Manuel processed triumphantly through Antioch after receiving the submission of Renaud de Châtillon, Prince of Antioch. While deploying against Aleppo, Manuel struck a truce with Nur al-Di which was seen as a capitulation and betrayal by the Anitochenes.
    Military 17 Sep 1176  Lake Beysehir, Turkey Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Battle of Myriokephalon 
    Battle of Myriokephelon
    Battle of Myriokephelon
    The Byzantine army was ambushed in a mountain pass by the Seljuq Turk, Kilij Arslan II and thus were ended Greek attempts to control interior Anatolia.
    Died 24 Sep 1180  [7, 8
    Buried Monastery of the Pantocrator, Istanbul, Turkey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I19291  Dickinson
    Last Modified 11 Oct 2017 

    Father Iaonnes II Komnenos, Byzantine Emperor,   b. 13 Sep 1087,   d. 8 Apr 1143, Cilicia, Turkey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Piroska-Eirene of Hungary, Byzantine Empress,   b. ca. 1085, Esztergom, Komarom-Esztergom, Hungary Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Aug 1134  (Age ~ 49 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married ca. 1104 
    Family ID F6008  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Bertha-Eirene von Sulzbach, Byzantine Empress ,   d. ca. 1159 
    Married Jan 1146 
    Children 
     1. Maria Komnene,   b. Mar 1152,   d. Jul 1182  (Age ~ 30 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 25 Sep 2017 
    Family ID F6010  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Marie of Antioch, Byzantine Empress,   b. 1145,   d. 27 Aug 1182  (Age 37 years) 
    Married 25 Dec 1161  Istanbul, Turkey Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 10
    Children 
     1. Alexios II Komnenos, Byzantine Emperor,   b. 10 Sep 1169, Istanbul, Turkey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Sep 1183  (Age 14 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 9 Oct 2017 
    Family ID F6013  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S336463] Medieval Lands: A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families, Charles Cawley, (Online: The Foundation for Medieval Genealogy at http://fmg.ac/Projects/MedLands/, 20XX), "MANUEL Komnenos, son of Emperor IOANNES II & his wife [Piroska] [Eirene] of Hungary (Constantinople [15 Aug 1118]-24 Sep 1180, bur Monastery of Christ Pantocrator)" at http://fmg.ac/Projects/MedLands/BYZANTIUM%2010571204.htm#ManuelIdied1180B.

    2. [S336470] Wikipedia, (Online: https://en.wikipedia.org), "Manuel I Komnenos" at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manuel_I_Komnenos.
      "Manuel I Komnenos * * * (28 November 1118 - 24 September 1180) was a Byzantine Emperor of the 12th century who reigned over a crucial turning point in the history of Byzantium and the Mediterranean. His reign saw the last flowering of the Komnenian restoration, during which the Byzantine Empire had seen a resurgence of its military and economic power, and had enjoyed a cultural revival."

    3. [S419] God's Wolf: The Life Of The Most Notorious Of All Crusaders, Reynald de Chatillon, Jeffrey Lee, (London: Atlantic Books, 2016), 107ff.

    4. [S420] The Crusades: The Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Land, Thomas Asbridge, (New York: HarperCollins, 2010), 219.

    5. [S420] The Crusades: The Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Land, Thomas Asbridge, (New York: HarperCollins, 2010), 255.

    6. [S420] The Crusades: The Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Land, Thomas Asbridge, (New York: HarperCollins, 2010), 305.

    7. [S419] God's Wolf: The Life Of The Most Notorious Of All Crusaders, Reynald de Chatillon, Jeffrey Lee, (London: Atlantic Books, 2016), 188.

    8. [S420] The Crusades: The Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Land, Thomas Asbridge, (New York: HarperCollins, 2010), 317.

    9. [S419] God's Wolf: The Life Of The Most Notorious Of All Crusaders, Reynald de Chatillon, Jeffrey Lee, (London: Atlantic Books, 2016), 118-21.

    10. [S420] The Crusades: The Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Land, Thomas Asbridge, (New York: HarperCollins, 2010), 254.