Encyclopedia > Alexius V

  Article Content

Alexius V

Alexius V, Byzantine emperor, was proclaimed emperor on February 5, 1204, during the siege of Constantinople by the Latins (Fourth Crusade). His name was Alexius Ducas Murtzuphlos, and he was a connexion of the imperial house of the Angell.

His elevation was the result of a revolution in the city against Isaac II and Alexius IV. He conducted the defence with great bravery till it became hopeless (April 12), whereupon he fled. He would then have made common cause with Alexius III against the Latins, but was blinded by that ex-monarch and fell into the hands of the crusaders, who put him to death by casting him from the top of the Pillar of Theodosius as the murderer of Alexius IV.

Preceded by:
Alexius IV and Isaac II
Byzantine emperors Followed by:
Baldwin I
(Latin Empire)
Theodore I
(in exile in Nicaea)


Initial text from 1911 encyclopedia -- Please update as needed



All Wikipedia text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License

 
  Search Encyclopedia

Search over one million articles, find something about almost anything!
 
 
  
  Featured Article
Jamesport, New York

... The total area is 42.82% water. Demographics As of the census of 2000, there are 1,526 people, 605 households, and 434 families residing in the town. The populatio ...

 
 
 
This page was created in 32.9 ms