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John II Comnenus, Emperor of the East

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John II Comnenus, Emperor of the East

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  • John II Comnenus, Emperor of the East
  • John II Komnenus, Emperor of the East
  • Comnenus, John
  • Komnenus, John

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  • John II Komnenos

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1087 or 1088-1143


Byzantine emperor, 1118 - 1143. "John succeeded his father Alexios I against the wishes of Irene Doukaina and Anna Komnene; the latter conspired on behalf of Nikephoros Bryennios. Byz. historians describe John's reign only briefly. His domestic policy is little known. Austere in manner, John tried to regulate even the costume of his courtiers; he was nonetheless tolerant and eschewed maiming as a punishment. He entrusted military command to noble relatives but put civil administration in the hands of men of obscure origin, such as John of Poutze and Stephen Meles, the logothetes tou dromou. John centralized the administration of the army and navy and for this purpose charged the state treasury with maintaining vessels and their crews, previously the burden of the maritime regions (Lemerle, Agr. Hist. 234–36). He founded the monastery of the Pantokrator and wrote its typikon. The dynastic sense that underlay this foundation also prompted other works, including a lost mosaic of John mourning his dead father whose victories were depicted (Magdalino-Nelson, “Emp. in 12th C.,” 126–30). A mosaic in Hagia Sophia portrays John, his wife, Irene, and, to one side, his son, Alexios..." -Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium


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Irene, Empress, consort of John, II Comnenus, Emperor of the East (1088-1134)

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US LCNAF n 2009035891

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is the spouse of

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US LCNAF n 79072661

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ISAAR (CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families



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This record was created by Jessica Cebra on December 1, 2015.




LCNAF: http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n79072661
Brand, Charles M., Alexander Kazhdan and Anthony Cutler, "John II Komnenos," Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium, Oxford University Press, 1991, http://www.oxfordreference.com/view/10.1093/acref/9780195046526.001.0001/acref-9780195046526-e-2589

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