Michael I


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Michael I

(Michael Rangabe), d. c.845, Byzantine emperor (811–13), son-in-law of Nicephorus I. He supported orthodoxy against iconoclasm and recalled Theodore of StudiumTheodore of Studium, Saint
, 759–826, Byzantine Greek monastic reformer, also called St. Theodore the Studite. As an abbot he was early exiled for opposing the marriage of Emperor Constantine VI to his mistress Theodota.
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 from exile. He recognized (812) Charlemagne's claim as emperor. Defeated by the Bulgars, he was deposed and exiled. Leo V succeeded him.