Irene Laskarina

Irene Laskarina (died 1240) (Greek: Εἰρήνη Λασκαρίνα, Eirēnē Laskarina) was an Empress of Nicaea. She was a daughter of Theodore I Laskaris,[1] emperor of Nicaea and Anna Angelina. Her maternal grandparents were Emperor Alexios III Angelos and Euphrosyne Doukaina Kamaterina. Her sister Maria Laskarina married King Béla IV of Hungary.

Irene Laskarina
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Seal of Irene Laskarina
Empress consort of Nicaea
SpouseAndronikos Palaiologos
John III Doukas Vatatzes
IssueTheodore II Vatatzes
FatherTheodore I Laskaris
MotherAnna Angelina

Irene first married the general Andronikos Palaiologos, and after his death became the wife of Theodore's designated successor, the future John III Doukas Vatatzes[1] in 1212. With John III she had a son, the future Theodore II Laskaris. After the latter's birth, she fell from a horse and was so badly injured that she was unable to have any more children. She retired to a convent, taking the monastic name Eugenia, and died there in summer of 1240, some fourteen years before her husband.[2]

Irene is much praised by historians for her modesty and prudence and is said to have brought about by her example a considerable improvement in the morals of her nation.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Theodore Lascaris s.v. Irene Lascaris" . Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 23 (11th ed.). 1911. p. 766.
  2. ^ Murata, Koji; Ichikawa, Kohei; Fujii, Yuri I.; Hayakawa, Hisashi; Cheng, Yongchao; Kawamoto, Yukiko; Sano, Hidetoshi (2021), "Cometary records revise Eastern Mediterranean chronology around 1240 CE", Publications of the Astronomical Society of Japan, 73: 197–204, arXiv:2012.00976, doi:10.1093/pasj/psaa114
Irene Laskarina
Born:  ? Died: 1240
Royal titles
Preceded by Empress consort of Nicaea
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