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Emperor Konstantinos Dragases Palaiologos

Also Known As: "Konstantinas Palaiologos", "Константин Палеолог", "Конста", "нтин XI Палеолог", "Κωνσταντίνος ΙΑ' Δραγάσης Παλαιολόγος", "Constantinus XI Palaeologus", "Constantine XI Paleologo"
Birthplace: Constantinople, Byzantine Empire
Death: May 29, 1453 (49)
Constantinople, Byzantine Empire (Killed in the Fall of Constantinople)
Immediate Family:

Son of Manuel II Palaiologos, byzantine emperor and Helena Palaiologos, saint Hypomone
Husband of Maddalena "Theodora" Palaiologina, princess of Epeiros; Caterina Palaiologos, of Lesbos and Caterina Paleologo
Fiancé of Mariam Bagrationi, Princess of Georgia
Brother of John VIII Palaiologos, Byzantine Emperor; Prince Konstantinos Palaiologos; prince Theodore II Palaiologos, despot of Morea; Prince Andronikos Palaiologos, Despot of Thessalonica; Michael Palaiologos and 3 others
Half brother of Isabella Doria

Occupation: Last Byzantine Emperor, Despot of the Morea
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About Constantine XI Palaiologos, last byzantine emperor


Constantine XI Dragasēs Palaiologos (February 8, 1404 – May 29, 1453)

He was the last reigning Byzantine Emperor from 1449 to his death as member of the Palaiologos dynasty. After his death in battle during the fall of Constantinople, he became a legendary figure in Greek folklore as the "Marble Emperor" who would awaken and recover the Empire and Constantinople from the Turks. His death marked the end of the millenium-old Byzantine Empire, the direct continuation of the ancient Roman Empire.

The Palaiologos family

The early generations of this family are confused and uncertain. The first certain ancestor is one Andronikos Dukas Komnenos Palaiologos, Gov of Thessalonica, +after 1246; m.his cousin Theodora Palaiologina; they had issue:

  • A1. MICHAÉL VIII Dukas Komnenos Palaiologos, Emperor of Byzantium (1259-82), *1224/5, +1282; m.1253 Theodora Dukaina Batatzaina (*1240 +1303)
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    • B2. ANDRONIKOS II Palaiologos, Emp of Byzantium (1282-1328), *25.3.1259, +Monte Athos 13.2.1332; 1m: 1273 Anna (+1281/2) dau.of King Stephen V of Hungary; 2m: 1285 Yolanda=Eirene of Montferrat (*1274 +1317)
      • C1. [1m.] MICHAÉL IX Palaiologos, co-emperor of Byzantium (1295-1320), *1277, +12.10.1320; m.1295 Rita of Armenia (*1278 +VII.1333)
        • D1. ANDRONIKOS III Palaiologos, Emp of Byzantium (1328-41), *1296, +15.7.1341; 1m: 1318 Adelaide=Eirene von Braunschweig (+1324); 2m: 1326 Joanna=Anna of Savoy (*1306 +1359/60) - Regent of Byzantium (1341-47)
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          • E2. IÓANNÉS V Palaiologos, Emp of Byzantium (1341-76)+(1379-91) -cr.19.11.1341, *18.6.1332, +Blachernai Palace, Constantinople 16.2.1391; m.Blachernai 28/29.5.1347 Helene Kantkouzene (*1333 +1396)
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            • F2. MANUEL II Palaiologos, Emp of Byzantium (16.2.1391-1425) -cr St.Sophia 11.2.1392, *17.6.1350, +after effects of a sroke as the mink Matthew 21.7.1425, bur Church of the Pantokrator, Constantinople; m.St.Sophia 10.2.1392 Jelena Dragas, Regent of Constantinople (*ca 1375/77, +as the nun Hypomone 23.3.1450), dau.of Konstantine Dragas, a Serbian noble
              • G1. IÓANNÉS VIII Palaiologos, co-Emp of Byzantium (1421-25), Emperor (1425-48), *16.12.1392, +31.10.1448; 1m: 1409 Anna of Moscow (*1393 +1417); 2m: 1421 (div 1426) Sophia of Montferrat (*1396 +1437); 3m: 1427 Maria Komnene (+1439) dau.of Emp Alexios of Trapezunt
              • G2. Konstantinos Palaiologos, *1393/7, +1400/5
              • G3. Theodoros Palaiologos, Despot of Achaia, a scholar and mathematician, *1394/99, +1448; m.1421 Cleofa Malatesta (+1433), dau.of Malatesta di Malatesa of Pesaro and Fano by Elisabetta Varano
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              • G4. Andronikos Palaiologos, despot of Thessalonica, later became a monk, *1400, +1428; m.NN
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              • G5. KONSTANTINOS XI "Dragasés" Palaiologos, Emp of Byzantium (1448-53), *1405, +1453; 1m: 1428 Maddalena-Theodora Tocco (+1429), dau.of Leonardo II Lord of Zante; 2m: 27.7.1441 Aikatherina Gateliusaina (+1442)
              • G6. Michael Palaiologos, *1406/7, +1409/10
              • G7. Demetrios Palaiologos, Despot of Mistra, etc, *1407/08, +1470; 1m: 1436 Zoe Paraspondylina (+1440), dau.of Megas dux Paraspondylos; 2m: 1441 Theodora Asanina (+1470/71)
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              • G8. Thomas Palaiologos, Despot of Morea, titular Emperor of Byzantium, *1409/10, +1465; m.1430 Aikaterina Zachariaina, Bss of Arcadia (+1462), dau.of Centurion Asen Zaccaria Prince of Achaia
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              • G9. [illegitimate] Isabella=Zabia; m.1392 Hilarion Doria (*1372, +1423)
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About Constantine XI Palaiologos, last byzantine emperor (Ελληνικά)

Greek: Κωνσταντίνος ΙΑ' Δραγάσης Παλαιολόγος

О Constantine XI Palaiologos, last byzantine emperor (русский)

Serbian: Константин XI Драгаш Палеолог

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Constantine XI Palaiologos, last byzantine emperor's Timeline

February 8, 1404
Constantinople, Byzantine Empire
May 29, 1453
Age 49
Constantinople, Byzantine Empire