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Basil I 'the Macedonian',, Emperor of Constantinople

Basil I 'the Macedonian',, Emperor of Constantinople[1]

Male Abt 811 - 886  (~ 75 years)

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  • Name Basil I 'the Macedonian',  
    Suffix Emperor of Constantinople 
    Born Abt 811 
    Gender Male 
    Name Constantinos Porphyrogenitus (Born to the purple) 
    Died 29 Aug 886 
    Cause: kild in suspicious hunting accident 
    Notes 
    • http://www.thepeerage.com/p11404.htm#i114037


      Basil I 'the Macedonian', Emperor of Constantinople was born circa 811.«sup»2«/sup» He died on 29 August 886.«sup»1,2«/sup»
      Basil I 'the Macedonian', Emperor of Constantinople held the office of Co-regent of Constantinople in 866.«sup»1«/sup» He gained the title of «i»Emperor Basil I of Constantinople«/i» in 867.«sup»1«/sup»

      1. John Morby, «i»Dynasties of the World: a chronological and genealogical handbook«/i» (Oxford, Oxfordshire, U.K.: Oxford University Press, 1989), page 52. Hereinafter cited as «i»Dynasties of the World«/i».

      2. Wikipedia, online www.wikipedia.org. Hereinafter cited as Wikipedia.


      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basil_I

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      «/b»http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?p=13326499#post13326499


      was born a simple peasant in Thrace, so we do not know much about his parents from contemporary documents. That being the case this probably should be the end of this line for now.

      But, when he became Emperor he had his heritage traced and gave us a family tree of his ancestors. Many if not most modern scholars reject this tree as self serving and say it was doctored to make it look like he had a right to be emperor. Maybe so or maybe not. Anyway it is here for you to decide. The crutch of the matter is whether or not this Konstantinos was his father. You decide.

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    • (Medical):Basil I died on August 29, 886 from a fever contracted after a serious hunting accident when his belt was caught in the antlers of a deer, and he was allegedly dragged 16 miles through the woods. He was saved by an attendant who cut him loose with a knife, but he suspected the attendant of trying to assassinate him and had the man executed shortly before he himself died.

      The interesting part is that the only witness to Basil being killed by a stag was Stylianos Zautzes, the father of Zoe that was Basil I's hated son Leo's faience. The Zoe that Basil I had beaten his son Leo almost to death over, because Leo would not get rid of her.
    Person ID I57266  Glenn Cook Family
    Last Modified 19 Jun 2013 

    Father Konstantinos Mamikonean,   b. Abt 785,   d. 838  (Age ~ 53 years) 
    Mother Pancalo of Armenia Bagratina,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F13775  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Maria,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Children 
     1. Symbatios, (renamed Constantine),   b. Abt 865,   d. 3 Sep 879  (Age ~ 14 years)
    Last Modified 18 Apr 2009 
    Family ID F551616410  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Eudokia Ingerina,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Children 
     1. Leo VI the Wise of Byzantium Porphyrogenitus, Byzantine Emperor,   b. 19 Sep 866,   d. 11 May 912  (Age 45 years)
     2. Stephen I of Constantinople, Patriarch of Constantinople,   b. Nov 867,   d. 18 May 893  (Age ~ 25 years)
     3. Alexander, Emperor of Constantinople,   b. 19 Sep 866,   d. 6 Jun 913  (Age 46 years)
     4. Anna, Porphyrogenita,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Helena, Porphyrogenita, A nun,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Maria, Porphyrogenita. A nun,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 19 Jun 2013 
    Family ID F551615284  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Basil, his son Constantine, and his second wife, empress Eudoxia Ingerina.
    Basil, his son Constantine, and his second wife, empress Eudoxia Ingerina.
    Basil, his son Constantine, and his second wife, empress Eudoxia Ingerina.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1728] Wikipedia-The Free Encyclopedia, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page the free encyclopedia).