Iohannes II Komnenos , Emperor of the East

M, (13 September 1087 - 8 April 1143)
Father-Biological*Alexios I Komnenos , Emperor of the East b. 1048, d. 15 Aug 1118
Mother-Biological*Irene Ducas Augusta b. 1066, d. 19 Feb 1127
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Mosaic of John II at the Hagia Sophia
     Iohannes II Komnenos , Emperor of the East was born on 13 September 1087.1,2 He was the son of Alexios I Komnenos , Emperor of the East and Irene Ducas Augusta. Also known as "John the Beautiful" or "John the Good", he was the second emperor to rule during the Komnenian restoration of the Byzantine Empire. John was a pious and dedicated monarch who was determined to undo the damage his empire had suffered following the battle of Manzikert, half a century earlier.2 Iohannes was crowned co-Emperor by Alexios I between 1 September 1092 and November 1092.2

Iohannes II Komnenos , Emperor of the East married Saint Irene of Hungary, daughter of Saint Ladislas I , King of Hungary and Adelaide of Rheinfelden ~ Queen of Hungary, in 1104.1,2 Iohannes was crowned Emperor of the East (Basilius) in 1118.3,1,2 He died on 8 April 1143 at Cilicia, Empire of the East, at age 55 having prepared his army for a renewed attack on Antioch, John amused himself by hunting wild boar on Mount Taurus in Cilicia, where, on April 1, 1143, he accidentally cut himself on the hand with a poisoned arrow. John initially ignored the wound and it became infected. He died a number of days after the accident, on April 8, probably of septicaemia.2

Child of Iohannes II Komnenos , Emperor of the East and Saint Irene of Hungary


  1. Stuart, Roderick W. Royalty for Commoners, The Complete Known Lineage of John of Gaunt, Son of Edward III, King of England, and Queen Philippa, Fourth Edition. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2002.
  2. Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Online
  3. The Stemmata of the Comnenus Dynasty. Online