Andronicus I


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Andronicus I

(Andronicus Comnenus) (ăndrənī`kəs kŏmnē`nəs), 1120?–1185, Byzantine emperor (1183–85), nephew of John II. He acceded to the throne by strangling his cousin Alexius IIAlexius II
(Alexius Comnenus), 1168–83, Byzantine emperor (1180–83), son and successor of Manuel I. His mother, Mary of Antioch, who was regent for him, alienated the population by favoring the Latin element in Constantinople.
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. Though notorious in his younger years for his scandalous morals, he was a competent, if cruel, ruler. He took strict measures to protect the peasants against the great landowners, enforced honesty on the tax collectors, and was the terror of corrupt officials. His severity and his failure to stop the rapid advance of William IIWilliam II
(William the Good), c.1153–1189, king of Sicily (1166–89), son and successor of William I. He married (1177) Joan, daughter of Henry II of England.
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 of Sicily against the capital led to his overthrow and the elevation of Isaac IIIsaac II
(Isaac Angelus) , d. 1204, Byzantine emperor (1185–95, 1203–4). The great-grandson of Alexius I, he was proclaimed emperor by the mob that had killed the unpopular Andronicus I.
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. Andronicus was tortured to death by the rabble. He was the last of the Comnenus dynasty to hold the throne of Constantinople.
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Titus Andronicus is one of Shakespeare's more gruesome and bloody plays, and audiences should be aware of its graphic nature prior to seeing the play,' said a spokesman for the London theatre.
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