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Roger De Hoveden The Annals vol.1., From A.D. 732 To A.D. 1180.

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Roger De Hoveden
The Annals vol.1., From A.D. 732 To A.D. 1180.
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A.D. 1180. JEALOUSY OF AITDRONUUS TOWARDS ALEXIS. 525 is called " The Greater Sea." He also put out the eyes of the Protosouastos, his mother's paramour, and caused him to be emasculated. A short time after this, Androneus, seeing that it would give great satisfaction to the people, by way of proof of his true fidelity and his extreme affection, on a certain day named for the celebration of the solemnity, carried Alexis, the emperor, on his shoulders from his palace to the church of Saint Sophia, and caused him to be crowned there by Basilius, the patriarch of the city, and, in the presence of all the people, took the oaths of fealty to him as his liege lord against all men whatsoever. After this was done, the emperor Alexis gave to the before-named Androneus the power of exercising his own will and dispensing justice among the people. However, after a considerable time, Androneus came to the emperor Alexis and said that the people refused to pay obedience to his f commands, and requested him to appoint some one else over the people whose commands they would obey. On this, Alexis said to him : " I have made choice of yourself, and have appointed you over my people, and I know of no one else in whom I have greater confidence ; " upon which, Androneus said in reply: I If it is your wish that I should govern your people, cause me to be crowned in their presence, so that all the people mayknow that I am, under you, to reign over all the nations which are subject to your sway." The emperor, not being aware that lall power is averse to a partner therein, acceded to his request. The clergy and people of the empire having been convened, Ithe emperor caused himself and Androneus to be crowned tokgether by the before-named patriarch, in the church of Saint ISophia. However, after a short period of time had elapsed, :the^>ne became jealous of the other, and the thing that pleased Hie one displeased the other. " For no trust is there in asso ciates in rule, and all power is averse to a partner therein."52 lAndroneus, however, still pretending the affection which he had thitherto shown, under the veil thereof plotted against his lord the emperor, who, suspecting nothing of the sort, forbore to •take any precautions. " For no foe is there more pernicious than an enemy in the disguise of a friend."53 Having, there s l " Nulla [enim] fides [erit] regni sociis, omnisque potestas Impatiens consortis erit." 5 3 " Nullns namque perniciosior hostis est, quam familiaris inimicus."


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