Isaac II Angelos

Isaac Angelos (1156 - abt. 1204)

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Isaac (Isaac II) "Emperor of Byzantium" Angelos
Born in Trabzon, Trabzon, Turkeymap
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Husband of — married before [location unknown]
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Died about in Constantinople, Turkeymap
Profile last modified | Created 18 Sep 2011
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Issakios Angelos (1155 - 28 Jan/12 Apr 1204 Constantinople).[1]




  • 1185: Emperor Issakios II


The identity of Isaac's first wife is unknown, but her name, Eirene (Herina), is found on the necrology of Speyer Cathedral, where their daughter Irene is interred.

Heistand (1999), entertained the idea that Herina may have been a member of the Palaeologus family.[2] Cawley (2006), however, asserts that she was Eirene Tornikaina (d. 18 Nov 1183/5), daughter of Demetrios Tornikes.

To strengthen his position as emperor, Isaac took Margaret of Hungary, daughter of Bela III, as his second wife in 1185. She was related to the royal families of Kiev, the Holy Roman Empire, Italy, Provence, and previous Byzantine emperors (unlike Isaac, who descended from the Comneni of lower nobility).


In 1185, a lieutenant of Emperor Andronicus I ordered the arrest and execution of Isaac, but Isaac escaped and ignited a city-wide rebellion. Andronicus was overthrown and murdered 12 September 1186. Isaac was installed on the throne.

"In 1195, Alexius Angelos, the emperor's elder brother ... proclaimed himself emperor. Isaac was blinded and imprisoned in Constantinople. After eight years, he was raised from his dungeon to his throne once more after the arrival of the Fourth Crusade. But his son Alexius IV was the actual monarch. Isaac died in 1204, shortly after the usurpation of his general, Mourzouphles," (Chisholm, 1911).


  • Cawley, C. (2006). Medieval Lands v.4. Web.[3]
  • Chisholm, H. (1911). "Isaac II of Antioch." Encyclopedia Britannica, pp. 858. Google Books.[4]
  • Wikipedia: Isaac II Angelos

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Imperial Arms of the Byzantine Empire
Imperial Arms of the Byzantine Empire

Miniature of Isaac II Angelos, Byzantine emperor
Miniature of Isaac II Angelos, Byzantine emperor


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