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From: Brant Gibbard< >
Subject: Re: When Istanbul was Constantinople (4)
Date: Mon, 22 Feb 1999 22:15:39 GMT

On Mon, 22 Feb 1999 21:55:26 GMT, wrote:

>Vasiliev's charts (_History of the Byzantine Empire_, Appendix) show
>that Maria, wife of Michael II Parapinakes, married as her second
>husband Michael's successor Nicephorus II Botaniates. But Paul
>Theroff's file on Byzantine emperors says that Michael did not die
>until 1090, 9 years after the reign of Nicephorus. Was there no such
>second marriage of Maria, or was her first one terminated, and if so,
>Bryant Smith
>Austin, Texas

The numbering appears to have gotten muddled here. Michael VII (not
II) Parapinakes was forced off the throne and into a monastery by
Nicephorus III (not II) Botaneiates. This was considered to leave
Maria "spritually widowed" and thus eligible for re-marriage.

Brant Gibbard

Toronto, Ont.

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