Michael Asen IV of Bulgaria

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Michael Asen IV
Ivan Alexander with Michael Asen IV (coin).jpg
Coin depicting Ivan Alexander and his son Michael Asen IV
Spouse Irina Palaiologos
House Shishman
Father Ivan Alexander
Mother Theodora
Born 1322
Died 1355

Michail Asen (Bulgarian: Михаил Асен) (c. 1322–1355) was the eldest son of Emperor Ivan Alexander (1331–1371) from his marriage with Theodora of Wallachia.

After his father acceded to the throne in 1331, the young prince was proclaimed co-Emperor. He was to succeed his father under the name Michail IV Asen. The heir to the throne was the pride of the royal family and was said to possess "all virtues". He married Maria, renamed Irina, the daughter of the Byzantine Emperor Andronikos III Palaiologos and his second wife Anna of Savoy.

In 1354–1355 the Ottoman Turks invaded Bulgaria and headed towards Plovdiv and Sofia. It is mentioned in an anonymous Bulgarian chronicle that Michail Asen gathered the Bulgarians and engaged the Turks near Sofia. The Bulgarians were defeated and suffered heavy casualties including Michail himself. But the battle was not in vain: the Ottomans failed to capture the cities and did not attack the country up to 1370. In the Bulgarian folklore is mentioned that the son of the Emperor perished with the death of the brave.