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Constantine VI b. 771 d. 797 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...[Read More] (Bio by: js) Constantinople, Monastery of St Euphrosyne, Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
Irene of Athens b. 752 d. 803 Byzantine Empress. She was born into a noble family and was brought to Constantinople by Emperor Constantine V in 769 AD to marry his son, Leo IV. In 771 AD she gave birth to the future Emperor Constantine VI and she became his regent when he inherited the throne at age nine on Leo's death in 780 AD. Leo's half-brother Nikephoros soon began plotting to seize power, but she had him ordained as a priest, therefore disqualifying him from becoming Emperor. She also defeated a rebellion in Sicily...[Read More] (Bio by: js) Constantinople, Monastery of St Euphrosyne, Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey