Michael VII DUCA PARAPINAK( Byzantine Emperor)
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Biography Michael VII DUCA PARAPINAK
Michael VII Ducas Parapinak - Byzantine emperor in 1067 - 1078 he. Son of Constantine X. Genus. in 1050, Mr.. + Ca. 1090 g.
In the year of the death of his father Michael was barely seventeen years. According Psellos, the emperor had a wonderful spiritual qualities, but was inactive and totally incapable of self-rule. Proclaimed emperor, he voluntarily gave all the power, first the mother, the empress Eudoxia, and then her stepfather, Roman Diogenes (Psellos: 'Roman Fourth': 2). He was so shy that even the servants caught for stealing, let go without any remorse, and for each strong word, or just the mere mention of love comfort his face flushed. Constantly immersed in the study of science, he was already in his youth had the appearance of an elderly man, a closed and concentrated in itself (Psellos: 'Michael Seventh', 2-3, 5-6). In August 1071, after the deposition of Roman Diogenes, Michael was proclaimed emperor, but at the insistence of people who knew him well (Mikhailov Psellos and Uncle John Duque), was once again share power with his mother. Initially liked Michael, but soon the mother and son were at odds, as the approximate tried to arouse her to the absolute rule, but his arm against the mother (Bryennios: 1, 18). In October of that year, Michael retired from the mother and placed under the protection of the palace guards. They hailed him as sole ruler, and the Empress was forced haircut in a monastery. Authorities initially turned to his uncle Caesar, Caesar John (Psellos: 'The fourth Roman'; 28-29). He saw that his nephew was unable to engage in public affairs and engaged to Michael eunuch Nicephorus, who flatteringly called Nikiforitsey. But, taking advantage of the lightness of the emperor, Nicephorus completely tied him to her and persuaded not to pay attention to Uncle. Thus, Caesar was reluctant to cede influence his protege (Bryennios: 2, 1).
. Meanwhile, because of inactivity monarch things went from bad to worse: the enemy in anything put Romans attacked and devastated the empire on all sides; mutinies occurred almost every year, and were suppressed with great difficulty
. Finally, in October 1077, Mr.. rose prominent commander Nicephorus Votaniat, whom the emperor had just made a commander of the eastern troops. As soon as the news spread in the capital of the approach Votaniata, immediately, according to Bryennios all - as members of sinklita and clergy - began to devise a way to depose the emperor and replace him with Nicephorus. March 25, 1078, Mr.. conspirators opened in the former city jail, armed with his servants, and home and threatened to burn down the homes of those who will not participate in their designs. Nominated shortly before an energetic commander Alexei Trebizond (future Emperor) tried to persuade Michael to send to the insurgents his Guard, . assuring, . that they would not survive proper battlefield, . But Michael said: "I have long been thought to abdicate, . so I gladly accept it, . he desired ',
. Soon, he cuts his hair and put on the robes. Patriarch assigns it to the clergy and, after some time, made the Metropolitan of Ephesus (Bryennios: 3, 15, 18-20,24).