Isaac I

Isaac I (Isaac Comnenus)Īˈzək kŏmnēˈnəs, c.1005–1061, Byzantine emperor (1057–59), first of the Comnenus dynasty. Proclaimed emperor by the army, he deposed Michael VI, who had succeeded Theodora (reigned 1055–56), and sent him into a monastery. Although at first received with enthusiasm at Constantinople, Isaac soon lost popularity with the aristocracy and, because of his confiscation of ecclesiastic property, with the church and the patriarch Cerularius, who was exiled. In 1059, after an unsuccessful campaign against the Pechenegs, Isaac abdicated for reasons of health and retired to a monastery. Constantine X (Constantine Ducas) was his successor. After the reigns of Romanus IV, Michael VII, and Nicephorus III, the Comnenus dynasty returned to the throne with Isaac's nephew Alexius I.

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

More on Isaac I from Fact Monster:

  • Comnenus - Comnenus Comnenus , family name of several Byzantine emperors—Isaac I, Alexius I, John II, ...
  • Isaac Ingalls STEVENS - STEVENS, Isaac Ingalls (1818—1862) STEVENS, Isaac Ingalls, (cousin of Charles Abbot Stevens ...
  • Alexius I - Alexius I Alexius I (Alexius Comnenus), 1048–1118, Byzantine emperor (1081–1118). Under ...
  • Zoë - Zoë Zoë , c.978–1050, Byzantine empress (1028–50), daughter and successor of ...
  • Byzantium: Emperors - Byzantium: Emperors Leo I, Byzantine or East Roman emperor (457–74) Justin I, Byzantine ...

See more Encyclopedia articles on: Ancient History, Late Roman and Byzantine: Biographies