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Thekla Tourkos

Birthdate: (45)
Birthplace: Phrygia, Greece
Death: circa 820 (37-53)
Phrygia, Greece
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Bardanes 'Tourkos' and Domnika Tourkos
Wife of Michael II, Eastern Roman Emperor
Mother of Theophilos I, Eastern Roman Emperor
Sister of Barka

Occupation: Empress of Byzantium
Managed by: Kevin Whelan
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Thekla, wife of Michael IIFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaJump to: navigation, search Thekla (died c. 823) was the first Empress consort of Michael II of the Byzantine Empire.

Contents [hide] 1 Family 2 Empress 3 Sources 4 External links


FamilyAccording to Theophanes the Confessor, Thekla was the daughter of an unnamed strategos of the Anatolic Theme, where Michael served. On this account, her father has been identified with the general and later rebel Bardanes Tourkos. Michael, along with Leo the Armenian and Thomas the Slav, were close associates of Bardanes, although during his revolt in summer 803, both Michael and Leo deserted him.

Thekla and Michael had only one known son, the Emperor Theophilos (813 – 20 January 842). The existence of a daughter called Helena is possible but there is a contradiction between different sources. Helena is known as the wife of Theophobos, a patrician executed in 842 for conspiring to gain the throne for himself. George Hamartolus and Theophanes report him marrying the sister of the Empress Theodora. Joseph Genesius records Theophobos marrying the sister of the Emperor Theophilos. Whether Helena was sister or sister-in-law to Theophilos is thus unclear.

EmpressIn 820, Leo V accused his former comrade-in-arms Michael of conspiring against him. Michael was imprisoned but managed to escape. Michael organized the assassination of Leo in the cathedral Hagia Sophia on Christmas, 820. Leo had entered the cathedral unarmed and was thus unable to successfully defend himself. Michael succeeded him as Emperor with Thekla becoming the new Empress.

Her term as Augusta was brief and unremarkable. She died c. 823. Michael procceeded to marry Euphrosyne, a daughter of Constantine VI.

Royal titles Preceded by Theodosia Byzantine Empress consort 820 – c. 823 Succeeded by Euphrosyne

SourcesLynda Garland, Byzantine Women:Varieties of Experience 800-1200 (2006) External linksThe Page from "Byzantine Women" discussing her mother. Her profile, along with her husband, in in "Medieval lands" by Charles Cawley. Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thekla,_wife_of_Michael_II" Categories: 8th-century births | 823 deaths | Phrygian dynasty | Byzantine empresses | 9th-century Byzantine peoplePersonal tools Log in / create accountNamespaces ArticleDiscussionVariantsViews ReadView sourceView historyActions Search

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Thekla Tourkos's Timeline

775
775
Phrygia, Greece
813
813
Age 38
Byzantium (Constantinople), Istanbul, Turkey
820
820
Age 45
Phrygia, Greece