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Encyclopedia > Theodore Branas

Theodosius Branas or Theodore Branas. Theodosius was called "Vema" by the historian Geoffroi de Villehardouin.

Theodosius was born a Byzantine subject of Greek origin. He married Agnes, Princess of France, the daughter of Louis VII the sister of Philippe Auguste. Agnes was twice the Empress of the Byzantine Empire, married first to Emperor Alexius II Comnenus, and then to Emperor Andronicus I.

Theodosius and Agnes were of invaluable assistance to the Crusaders ("Latins") of the Fourth Crusade after they took Constantinople and founded the Latin Empire in 1204. Theodosius was one of the first Greeks to support the Latins and acted as an ambassador to Henry of Flanders when the Greeks of Adrianople and Demotica wished to break their alliance from Tsar Kaloyan of Bulgaria and seek the protection of their cities by the Latins.

Theodosius was Lord of Arpos (which the Latins called Naples of Napoli) and Adrianople.

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Roman Emperors DIR Agnes of France (2464 words)
Theodore's mother was one of the daughters of Manuel's sister Eudocia and Theodore Vatatzes, and thus a cousin of Alexius II.
Theodore thereupon inherited his father's opposition to Isaac II and was to support Alexius III Angelus' successful rebellion against his brother Isaac in 1195.
It is unclear when Agnes married Branas, but a dowager empress was a valuable prize and presumably the match took place at the instigation of Isaac II to attempt to ensure the loyalty of the Branas family to the current regime.
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