Ioannis Palaiologos, VII

Ioannis Palaiologos, VII

Male 1370 - 1408  (38 years)    Has more than 250 ancestors and one descendant in this family tree.

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  • Name Ioannis Palaiologos 
    Suffix VII 
    Relationshipwith Adam
    Born 1370 
    Gender Male 
    Died 22 Sep 1408 
    Person ID I84608  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 15 Nov 2009 

    Father Andronicus Palaiologos, IV,   b. 2 Apr 1348,   d. 28 Jun 1385  (Age 37 years) 
    Mother Keraca Marija,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F32308  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Irene Gattilusio,   d. 1 Jun 1440 
    Married Bef 1397 
    Children 
     1. Andronikos V Palaiologos,   b. Abt 1400,   d. Abt 1407  (Age ~ 7 years)
    Last Modified 15 Nov 2009 
    Family ID F294732  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Reigned for several montha in 1390, by seizing Controll of Constantinople from his Grandfather John V.
      From 1399 to 1402 , acted as a regent for Manuel II and later became Governor of Thessalonica.

      his father Andronikos IV usurped the throne from his father John V Palaiologos in 1376, John VII was associated as co-emperor. Both father and son were overthrown and partly blinded in 1379, but Andronikos IV kept his imperial status and was granted Selymbria ( Silivri ) as his domain by John V. When Andronikos IV died in 1385, John VII perhaps succeeded to his father's position.
      On April 14 , 1390 John VII Palaiologos ousted to his grandfather John V and maintained himself on the throne for five months, until John V was restored by his son Manuel with the help of the Republic of Venice
      John VII sought refuge with Bayezid I of the Ottoman Empire on September 17 , 1390 . Bayezid confirmed John VII in his father's domain of Selymbria, and relations improved with Manuel II, who may have recognized John VII as his intended heir (at that time his own sons were not yet born).
      In 1399, after Bayezid I had been besieging Constantinople for some five years, Manuel II left to ask for military aid in Western Europe and left John VII as Regent to defend the capital. John VII discharged his duties well, hoping for a miracle, which occurred when Bayezid was defeated by Timur at the Battle of Ankara ( July 20 , 1402 ).
      The defeat was followed by a civil war in the Ottoman Empire , as rival Ottoman princes sought peace and friendship with the Byzantine Empire. Taking advantage of this time of Ottoman weakness, John VII entered into a treaty that secured the return of much of the Turkish-occupied coast on the European side of the Sea of Marmara , with a special concession of the city of Thessalonica on the Aegean Sea . Thessalonica had been governed by Manuel II before its conquest by the Turks. On Manuel II's return John VII dutifully returned power to him and was allowed to retire to Thessalonica, which he governed for the rest of his life (1403-1408). John VII was allowed to keep the title of emperor (Basileus), and he associated his own young son, Andronikos V (born about 1400), with him at an uncertain date, but Andronikos V predeceased his father in 1407.


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