Andronikos Palaiologos (died 1344)
Andronikos was the son of Constantine Palaiologos, the governor of Serres, an uncle of Emperor Andronikos III Palaiologos (reigned 1328–41). Andronikos is first mentioned on 19 November 1341, when, on the occasion of the coronation of John V Palaiologos, he was named megas stratopedarches. Soon after, John VI Kantakouzenos, embroiled in a civil war with the regency for the underage John V, promoted him to protostrator and named him as governor of the Rhodope mountains region and the fortress of Stenimachos. As soon as he reached his province, however, he declared himself for the regency. In this he was influenced by his family ties to one of the regency's leaders, the megas doux Alexios Apokaukos, one of whose daughters he had married. His father likewise transferred his allegiance to the regency at about the same time.
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