- Nov 21, 2016
Well this was a puzzle to figure out. I checked the Alexiad and Anna does say that a grandson of the emperor was betrothed to Manuel's daughter but there are multiple sources (even the Alexiad itself) that state the emperor was childless.If i remember correctly, i think i read it in the Alexiad, that Anna Dalassena (the mother of all the Komnenos Brothers) arranged the marriage between the grandson of Botaneiates and the daughter of Manuel, her eldest son. I couldn't really find any info on possible sons of Nikephoros Botaneiates, so i made him a placeholder Daughter. But i'm not married to that setup by any stretch of the imagination.
Do you have any suggestions on how i should change it?
I guess i could make him a grandson, through a placeholder son, rather than a daughter. I can't really find any concrete info on Nikephoros Botaneiates' children
Nikephoros named as his chosen heir a distant relative (probably; Anna only says he was of the emperors race, I'm unsure if the translation means race or relation but lets go with relation) named Synadenus. I'm assuming this niece of Alexios was betrothed either to Synadenus or his son. Given that Anna describes him as 'verging on manhood' its probable that he was also very young but she also says he is "courageous in battle" which means he was old enough to have participated in battle. This Synadenus was most probably adopted into the imperial Botaneiates family and betrothed to the daughter of Manuel. However we know very little about this Synandenus since he all but disappears from the record here on out.
I'm not sure what to do about the setup, probably best to just remove the betrothal altogether since this daughter of Manuel was also a relative of Romanos Diogenes through her mother, making very important as a marriage candidate in Byzantine politics and I can't imagine she would have remained betrothed to an unknown man of a former emperor who had no allies or wealth to speak of.
Wait hold on. I was wrong. The grandson is described as having a tutor which would have put him below the age of 14 in 1081, when the tutor is mentioned. So then this grandson could not be Synadenus due to the fact that Synadenus was old enough to have been in battle (I do not think he would have been much older, just above the age of legal majority, say 18 or 19). Nikephoros III was quite old in 1078 when he was deciding on an heir and did not have the luxury of thinking he could wait for his grandson to grow up and probably chose to appoint the not-as-young Synadenus as heir. The grandson is probably actually a grandson, a fact which makes sense if you consider the descriptions of him being childless as meaning that he had no living children.
So to summarise: Nikephoros III ascends in 1078, he had a son who predeceased and also left a young son behind. Nikephoros III, due to his advanced age and youth of his grandson, turns to his distant relative Synadenus as heir. The grandson is betrothed to Manuels daughter since he is still of the imperial family and an important alliance therefore. All 3, Synadenus, the grandson, the Komnene daughter, disappear from the record after 1081. Yay.
So in-game Manuels daughter should be betrothed to Nikephoros III's grandson (by a son as he was described as Botaneiates although ERE nobles did sometimes go by their mothers family names, especially if it was more prestigious)
from 1078 but probably not in 1081, just because after Alexios' accession his niece is too important to wed to the only relation of a former Emperor who had no other family from the looks of it. Perhaps the grandson was made to enter the monastery along with his grandfather. A church career was not unheard of for annoying claimants.