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Anna Dalassene, Regent of the Byzantine Empire

Female 1030 - 1100  (~ 75 years)


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  • Name Anna Dalassene 
    Suffix Regent of the Byzantine Empire 
    Born Between 1025 and 1030  Italy Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Died 1 Nov 1100  [1
    Alternate death 1102  [1
    Person ID I1119  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of DDB, Ancestors of JTS, Ancestor of TNH, Ancestor of TSW
    Last Modified 6 Jan 2018 

    Father Alexios Charon 
    Mother (Unknown member of the Dalassena family) 
    Family ID F1748  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ioannis Komnenos,   b. Abt 1015,   d. 12 Jul 1067  (Age ~ 52 years) 
    Children 
    +1. Alexios I Komnenos, Emperor of Byzantium,   b. 1048,   d. 15 Aug 1118  (Age 70 years)
    +2. Theodora Komnena,   b. Abt 1053
    Last Modified 9 Dec 2018 
    Family ID F995  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • "Anna, born ca. 1028, long outlived her husband and after his death ran the family as its undisputed matriarch. Anna became involved in conspiracies against the Doukas family, whom she never forgave for taking the throne in 1059. Later she also played a major role in the successful overthrow of Nikephoros III Botaneiates (r. 1078–81) and the rise of her son Alexios to the throne. After that, and for about fifteen years, she served as the virtual co-ruler of the empire along her son. She then retired to a monastery, where she died in 1100 or 1102." [Wikipedia]

      "As empress-mother, she exerted more influence and power than the empress-consort, Irene Doukaina, a woman whom she hated because of past intrigues with the Doukas family." [Wikipedia]

      "Under the Komenian dynasty, women continued to not only retain their roles set by previous empresses but made great strides in founding monasteries, patronizing churchmen, theologians and literary figures and being more assertive in imperial administration: most prominent in such roles were Anna Dalassene and her contemporary, Maria of Alania. Anna Dalassena is memorialized in Judy Chicago's The Dinner Party." [Wikipedia]

  • Sources 
    1. [S160] Wikipedia.