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Constantine VI
Birth: 771
Death: 797
Istanbul, Turkey

Byzantine Emperor. He became co-emperor with his father, Leo IV, in 776 AD. In 780 AD, while still only nine years old, he succeeded his father as sole Emperor but, due to his young age, real power was held by his mother, the regent Empress Irene. Irene retained her authority over her son even after he turned sixteen in 789 AD and was responsible for breaking off his engagement to the daughter of King Charlemagne in the following year. In 790 AD Irene tried to have her rule legitimised, but Constantine prevented this with the support of the army. His weakness even after taking full control soon cost him the army's favour and, after being defeated by Kardam of Bulgaria in 792 AD, a rebellion grew in support of his uncle, Nikephoros. Nikephoros was punished by having his eyes put out and his four brothers' tongues were cut off. A further revolt in Armenia was also ruthlessly repressed. He finally lost his last supporters when he divorced his wife and married his mistress, Theodote, and in 797 AD he was captured and blinded by his mother's followers. He died from his wounds a few days later. (bio by: js) 
 
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Constantinople, Monastery of St Euphrosyne
Istanbul
Istanbul, Turkey
 
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Record added: Oct 02, 2009
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Constantine VI
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