Irene Komnene Laskarina Branaina

Irene Komnene Laskarina Branaina (Greek: Ειρήνη Κομνηνή Λασκαρίνα Βρανᾶίνα; died around 1271) was a Byzantine noblewoman and wife of sebastokrator Constantine Palaiologos, half-brother of Byzantine Emperor Michael VIII Palaiologos. She seems to have followed suit after her husband's retirement to a convent, and taken the monastic name of Maria. She probably died as a nun.

Miniature of the sebastokrator Constantine Palaiologos and his wife Irene, from the so-called Lincoln Typicon, ca. 1350

Marriage and familyEdit

Irene was the granddaughter of Byzantine General Theodore Branas and Agnes of France,[1] though the Branas genealogy is poorly recorded.

Irene was married c. 1259/60 to Constantine Palaiologos,[2] by whom he seems to have had five children"[3]

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ Guillaume Saint-Guillain, Identities and Allegiances in the Eastern Mediterranean after 1204 (Routledge, 2016), p. 108
  2. ^ Pachymeres Vol I, De Michaele Palaeologo, Liber II, 5, p. 97
  3. ^ Cawley, Charles, "Byzantine 1261-1453", Medieval Lands database, Foundation for Medieval Genealogy,[self-published source][better source needed], from Medieval Lands by FMG and Cawley, C.
  4. ^ "Typikon of Theodora Synadene for the Convent of the Mother of God Bebaia Elpis in Constantinople" (transl. Alice-Mary Talbot), 137
  5. ^ "Typikon of Theodora Synadene for the Convent of the Mother of God Bebaia Elpis in Constantinople" (transl. Alice-Mary Talbot), 138
  6. ^ 'Typikon of Theodora Synadene for the Convent of the Mother of God Bebaia Elpis in Constantinople' (trans. Alice-Mary Talbot), 139
  7. ^ "Typikon of Theodora Synadene for the Convent of the Mother of God Bebaia Elpis in Constantinople" (transl. Alice-Mary Talbot), 140
  8. ^ Pachymeres Vol II, Andronicus Palæologus, Liber V, 18, p. 407

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