Michael of Trebizond

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Michael Megas Komnenos

Emperor of Trebizond

1341, 1344-1349


John II of Trebizond

Eudokia Palaiologina

Michael Megas Komnenos (Greek: Μιχαήλ Μέγας Κομνηνός, Mikhaēl Megas Komnēnos), (c. 1288– after 1355), Emperor of Trebizond for one day, July 30, 1341 and from May 3, 1344 to December 13, 1349. He was a younger son of Emperor John II of Trebizond and Eudokia Palaiologina.


1 Life through his first reign
2 Life from his restoration to death
3 References
4 External links

Life through his first reign[edit]
Based on Nikephoros Gregoras’ statement that Michael was 56 in 1344, he was born around 1288.[1] Michael was brought to Constantinople c. 1297 by his mother Eudokia, following the death of Emperor John II and his brother Alexios’ ascension to the throne. A few years later Eudokia returned to Trebizond, presumably leaving Michael behind in Constantinople.[2]
The record of his life is surprisingly blank for the next decades. Michael was presumably left in the care of his uncle the Emperor Andronikos II Palaiologos, whose attempts to dictate whom his brother and their mother would marry were thwarted; it is unclear what effect these failures had on Michael. It is certain that Michael was not confined to a monastery, for he married the daughter of the nobleman Constantine Acropolites, by whom he had a son, John III.[3] Then followed a period of civil war between Andronikos II and his grandson Andronikos III Palaiologos, by which time Michael was of middle age; which side in the war he supported, or if he even took a side in this conflict, is again unknown. Lastly, a number of his brother’s family — first Alexios’ son Basil, then Basil’s two sons — came to Constantinople as refugees from the conflict in Trebizond. It is unknown what contact Michael had with them, if he provided them succor, or if he was even aware they were in the city.
It is in 1341 that Michael’s history is once again known. In that year a group of representatives of the Scholarioi faction, led by Niketas Scholares and Gregory Meitzomates, arrived from Trebizond and convinced the regents of the young Emperor John V Palaiologos to allow Michael to return. Once there he would marry the deposed Empress Irene Palaiologina and assume the imperial throne.[4]
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