The International Cyclopedia; A Compendium of Human Knowledge. REV. with Large Additions Volume 1

The International Cyclopedia; A Compendium of Human Knowledge. REV. with Large Additions Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...former conduct to be forgotten, and he was invested with the lordship of Berytus; but his profligacy became, if possible, more scandalous than ever in the seduction of Theodora, the widow of Baldwin, king of Jerusalem, who lived with him for years as his mistress The emperor's anger made Palestine unsafe for him, and he fled with Theodora to Damascus, and finally settled among the Turks in Asia Minor, with a band of outlaws, making frequent inroads into the Roman province of Trebizond; from which he carried away spoil and slaves. Theodora and her children were at last taken and sent to Constantinople, and thither he followed, imploring, with a chain about his neck, and in a form of abject submission, the forgiveness of the emperor, which he obtained, but was sent to Oenoe in Pontus. After the death of Manuel, popular indignation was excited against the empress, who acted as regent for her son, Alexius II., and A. was rccalleil in 1182 to deliver the empire from her tyranny. He was appointed guardian of the young emperor, and 9oon after, his colleague in the empire. He caused the empress-mother to be strangled, and afterwards Alexius himself, with whose widow he contracted an indecent marriage. His reign, though short, was vigorous, and restored prosperity to the provinces; but tyranny and murder were its characteristics in the capital. He set no bounds to the gratification of his revenge against all who had ever offended him, and his jealousy of possible rivals was equally sanguinary. At hist, a destined victim, Isaac Angelus, one of his relatives, having fled to the church of St. Sophia for sanctuary, a crowd gathered, and a sudden insurrection placed Isaac on the throne, whilst A., now 73 years of age, was put to death by the infuriated...show more

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  • Paperback | 850 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 43mm | 1,488g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236549678
  • 9781236549679