Byzantine Empire Macedonian dynasty

Reign of Basil I
Basil I and his son Leo. Leo is discovered carrying a knife in the emperor's presence. ©Image Attribution forthcoming. Image belongs to the respective owner(s).
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Reign of Basil I

İstanbul, Turkey

Basil I became an effective and respected monarch, ruling for 19 years, despite being a man with no formal education and little military or administrative experience. Moreover, he had been the boon companion of a debauched monarch and had achieved power through a series of calculated murders. That there was little political reaction to the murder of Michael III is probably due to his unpopularity with the bureaucrats of Constantinople because of his disinterest in the administrative duties of the Imperial office. Also, Michael's public displays of impiety had alienated the Byzantine populace in general. Once in power Basil soon showed that he intended to rule effectively and as early as his coronation he displayed an overt religiosity by formally dedicating his crown to Christ. He maintained a reputation for conventional piety and orthodoxy throughout his reign.



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