Andronikos V Palaiologos

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Andronikos V Palaiologos
Emperor and Autocrat of the Romans
Pyxis of Andronikos V.png
Andronikos V (center), as depicted in a 15th-century ivory pyxis, together with his father John VII (left) and mother Irene (right)
Byzantine co-emperor in Thessalonica
Reign1403 – 24 September 1407
PredecessorJohn VII Palaiologos (alone)
SuccessorJohn VII Palaiologos (alone)
Co-emperorJohn VII Palaiologos
DiedSeptember 24, 1407(1407-09-24) (aged 7)
FatherJohn VII Palaiologos
MotherIrene Gattilusio

Andronikos V Palaiologos or Andronicus V Palaeologus (Greek: Ανδρόνικος Παλαιολόγος, romanizedAndronikos Palaiologos; 1400 – 24 September 1407) was the only son of Byzantine emperor John VII Palaiologos, who had briefly ruled at Constantinople in 1390. During John VII's tenure as despot of Thessalonica 1400–1408, where he ruled with full imperial style as Byzantine co-emperor, the young Andronikos was raised by his father to the position of co-emperor.

Per succession agreements between John VII and the reigning emperor in Constantinople, Manuel II Palaiologos, Andronikos V was also designated to be third-in-line to the position of senior emperor, after Manuel II, John VII and Manuel's son John VIII, though Andronikos died young, predeceasing all of them.


Andronikos V Palaiologos was the only known son of Emperor John VII Palaiologos and Irene Gattilusio, daughter of Francesco II Gattilusio. At the time of his birth John VII was Regent of the Byzantine Empire for his uncle Manuel II Palaiologos. At an unknown date, probably after his father settled in Thessalonica, Andronikos V was proclaimed co-emperor, probably by 1403/1404. He predeceased his father, dying in 1407.


  • Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium, Oxford University Press, 1991.
  • G. Dennis, "An unknown Byzantine Emperor", JÖBG 16 (1967)
  • N. Oikonomides, "John VII Palaeologus and the Ivory Pyxis at Dumbarton Oaks", DOP 31 (1977)
Andronikos V Palaiologos
Palaiologos dynasty
Born: Unknown 1400 Died: Unknown 1407
Regnal titles
Preceded by
John V Palaiologos
Byzantine Emperor
ca. 1403–1407
with John VII Palaiologos
Succeeded by
John V Palaiologos