Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Murphysboro Centuries, 8th secular

Leo IV, 775-780
- son of Constantine, won victories against the Arabs, but died early

Constantine VI, 750-797
- son of Leo, who came to the throne as a child, under the influence of his mother, Irene - in 787 Irene brought another council together that condemned Iconoclasm, which placed the monks on her side, but the army mutinied and forced her to “retire”  
- in 792, Constantine brought his mother back - she arranged a divorce and remarriage for him which upset all his supporters - then she arranged an army revolt in her favor and had her son blinded

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