By Anna Comnena
The Alexiad of Anna Comnena
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He was once a chaste and undefiled boy. the wedding cost were dedicated to writing, even though it used to be no longer finished and consisted basically of can provide, simply because he used to be nonetheless immature, and once Nicephorus Botaniates grew to become emperor the agreement was once torn up. yet i've got wandered from the purpose; i'm going to return to where the place I went off course. Robert, who from a so much undignified situation had attained nice contrast, having amassed approximately him robust forces used to be aiming to turn into Roman emperor. hence he used to be devising believable excuses for his hatred and warlike angle to the Romans. At this aspect there are diverse models of the tale. in response to one, that is common and primary reached our ears, a monk referred to as Raiktor impersonated the Emperor Michael and fled to Robert, the daddy of his (supposed) daughter-in-law. He informed him a pitiable story of his. personal misfortunes. This Michael, you notice, had seized the Roman sceptre after Diogenes and for a short second graced the throne, yet was once disadvantaged of strength via the insurgent Botaniates; he submitted to the lifetime of a monk and later wore the alb of a excessive priest and the mitre; you'll even upload the humeral. 38 It was once the Caesar John, his paternal uncle, who counselled him to do that, for he knew the fickleness of the hot emperor and feared that a few extra dreadful destiny could befall him. The aforementioned monk, Raiktor, pretended that he was once Michael, yet probably I had higher name him Rektes, for he was once the main brazen-faced ‘doer’ of all of them. 39 good, he approached Robert, simply because forsooth he used to be with regards to him through marriage, and he acted out his story of injustice, how he were disadvantaged of the imperial throne and lowered to his current country, which Robert may see for himself. For these kind of purposes he challenged Robert to assist him. Helena, the beautiful younger spouse of his son, he stated, were left defenceless, fullyyt bring to an end from her bridegroom, for his son Constantine and the Empress Maria, he proclaimed loudly, were pressured opposed to their will to hitch the occasion of Botaniates. With those phrases he stirred the anger of the barbarian and drove him to hands in a battle opposed to the Romans. Such is the tale which got here to my ears and that i don't locate it spectacular that a few people of thoroughly imprecise starting place impersonate others of noble beginning and wonderful attractiveness. yet my ears also are assailed through one other model of the affair and this can be extra convincing. in accordance with the second one authority it used to be now not a monk who impersonated Michael, nor was once it the sort of motion which triggered Robert to make warfare at the Romans, however the barbarian himself with nice versatility willingly invented the full tale. the following occasions it appears took place as follows. Robert, they are saying, used to be a completely unscrupulous rascal and dealing difficult for a clash with the Romans; he had for a very long time been making arrangements for the conflict; yet he used to be avoided by means of a few of his extra respected pals and through his personal spouse Gaita, seeing that he will be beginning an unjust struggle and one directed opposed to Christians.