Dobromir Chrysos

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Plan of the fortress Prosek, seat of Dobromir Chrysos

Dobromir, known to the Byzantines as Chrysos (Macedonian: Добромир Хрс, Bulgarian: Добромир Хриз, Greek: Δοβρομηρός Χρυσός), was a leader of the Vlachs[1] and Bulgarians in eastern Macedonia during the reign of the Byzantine emperor Alexios III Angelos. He became prominent in 1197 and is last heard of in 1202.

He was already married, but in order to cement an alliance with him the Emperor offered him a daughter of the Byzantine warlord Manuel Kamytzes. She was forced to divorce her husband and to marry Dobromir in 1198. About 1200 he took a third wife, the Emperor's granddaughter Theodora Angelina, who had previously been married to a rival leader, Ivanko.

In 1202 the lands of Dobromir Chrysos were conquered by Bulgarian emperor Kaloyan.

Sources[edit]

  • O city of Byzantium: annals of Niketas Choniates tr. Harry J. Magoulias (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1984) pp. 267–270, 277-280, 293-294.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The meaning of the term "Vlach" in this period and region was the subject of fierce dispute in the late 19th and 20th centuries (see also Kaloyan of Bulgaria).

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