Theodora Komnene Angelina

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Theodora Komnene
Spouse Constantine Angelos
Issue John Doukas
Alexios Komnenos Angelos
Andronikos Dukas Angelos
Isaac Angelos
Maria Angelina
Eudokia Angelina
Zoe Angelina
House Komnenian dynasty
Father Alexios I Komnenos
Mother Irene Doukaina
Born 15 January 1096
Constantinople, Byzantium
Died unknown
Religion Orthodox

Theodora Komnene (born 15 January 1096),[1] was a Byzantine noblewoman, being the fourth daughter of Emperor Alexios I Komnenos and Irene Doukaina. She married admiral Constantine Angelos, by whom she had seven children. Byzantine emperors Alexios III Angelos and Isaac II Angelos were her grandsons, thereby making her an ancestress of the Angelos dynasty.

Family[edit]

Theodora was born in Constantinople on 15 January 1096, the fourth of the five daughters of Emperor Alexios I Komnenos and Irene Doukaina. She had a total of eight siblings; among these were Emperor John II Komnenos, and historian Anna Komnene. Her paternal grandparents were John Komnenos and Anna Dalassena, and her maternal grandparents were Andronikos Doukas and Maria of Bulgaria.

Marriage and issue[edit]

Theodora married Constantine Angelos (c.1085- after July 1166) sometime before 1120. He was the son of Manuel Angelos, and a military commander of Emperor Manuel I and would later in 1145 become the commander of the Imperial fleet in Sicily. Byzantine historian Niketas Choniates names Theodoram Alexii avi Manuelis filiam as the wife of Constantium Angelum.[2] Together Constantine and Theodora had seven recorded children, although there were possibly eight children born to the couple:[2]

  • John Doukas (c.1126- 1200), Governor of Epirus, married firstly a lady whose name is unknown by whom he had two sons; married secondly Zoe Doukaina by whom he had three sons.
  • Alexios Komnenos Angelos, married and fathered one son.
  • Andronikos Doukas Angelos (died after 1185), Byzantine general in Asia Minor, married Euphrosyne Kastamonitissa, by whom he had nine children including emperors Alexios III Angelos and Isaac II Angelos.
  • Isaac Angelos, military governor of Cilicia
  • Maria Angelina, married Constantine Kamytzes, by whom she had one daughter.
  • Eudokia Angelina, married Basil Tsykandeles
  • Zoe Angelina, married Andronikos Synadenos

Theodora Komnene died on an unknown date. Among her numerous descendants was Irene Angelina, wife of Philip of Swabia; thus Theodora is an ancestress of every royal house in Europe.

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Charles Cawley, Medieval Lands, Byzantium
  2. ^ a b Cawley, Medieval Lands, Byzantium
  • Charles Cawley, Medieval Lands, Byzantium