When Alexios Komnenos came to power his family decided to marry their way out of the civil wars which threatened the state. By Manuel’s day this meant that a new aristocracy had grown up who dominated the organs of the Byzantine state.
We discuss this development and how Manuel managed his family. As well as those who resented this innovation.
Pic: Manuel Komnenos (Manuscript miniature, Vatican Library)
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I just wanted to leave a wholehearted “thank you!”, Robin.
We are so lucky to have such a dedicated and qualified (in topic and delivery) person to take on this relatively obscure and underappreciated topic and keep the project up for years on a very high quality level. I am so glad this podcast exists.
I still remember Dr. Anthony Kaldellis thanking you on behalf of his field in the episode about the Byzantine Republic. I think this means a lot. Thank you from an interested layperson outside of the field!
I echo Marcel’s words, Robin, thanks for the great work! Also, I’m already dreading the moment of the sack of Constantinople.