Konstantinos TORNIKES
(-Abt 1206)
(-Aft 1201)
Demetrios TORNIKES Komnenos
(-Abt 1252)
(-Abt 1184)


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Isaakios II ANGELOS, Emperor of Constantinople


  • Married: Before 1181
  • Died: Abt 1184, Constantinople, Byzantium

  Research Notes:

The necrology of Speyer cathedral records the death "VI Kal Sep" of "Maria regina Philippi regis contectalis, nata de Grecia" and the donations which she made to found the anniversaries "in octava Martini [18 Nov]…patris eius et matris eius…Ysaac et matre Herina" and "fratris…eius et sororis eius tercia die post festum Michahelis [1 Oct]…Manuel fratre, Effrosina sorore".... There remains some doubt about whether "Eirene" can have been the name of Isaakios's first wife as the original baptismal name of her daughter, "Maria regina", is also recorded as Eirene, the Byzantine naming practice not normally being to name children after their parents. One possibility is that [Eirene] died while giving birth to Eirene/Maria, as naming a child after a parent appears to have been acceptable practice in those circumstances. If that is correct, it is unlikely that [Eirene] died later than [1184] considering her daughter´s first marriage in 1192. Her family relationship with the Tornikes family is indicated by a document at Patmos which names Konstantinos Tornikes as uncle ("θείου") of Emperor Alexios IV, dated to Dec 1203. While the passage would not exclude Konstantinos being the husband either of a maternal or paternal aunt of the emperor, or indeed a more remote relation as the word "θείος" could indicate a family relationship which is more distant than "uncle", Don Stone and Charles Owens, in their detailed analysis of all the relevant sources, argue convincingly that the most likely interpretation is that Konstantinos Tornikes was Emperor Alexios´s maternal uncle. 1

  Marriage Information:

Eirene married Isaakios II ANGELOS, Emperor of Constantinople, son of Andronikos Doukas ANGELOS and Euphrosyne KASTAMONITISSA, before 1181. (Isaakios II ANGELOS was born about 1155 and died on 8 Feb 1204 in prison, Constantinople, Byzantium.)


1 Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, Medlands: Eirene.

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