thenickelguy Posted July 17, 2022 · Member Share Posted July 17, 2022 Constans II Byzantine Emperor 641-668 AD was nicknamed "the Bearded". His father, Constantine III briefly reigned as the Byzantine Emperor, ruling for only three months and it was rumored Heraclonas, (uncle of Constans II), and Martina poisoned Constantine III. When Constantine III died, Constans II was 10 years old and was named co-emperor. Later in the same year, Heraclonas was deposed by Valentinus, one of Heraclius’ most trusted generals, and Constans II was left as sole emperor. Constans II owed his rise to the throne to the unfavorable reaction against Heraclonas and to the protection of the soldiers led by Valentinus who was a Byzantine general. In 644, Valentinus attempted to seize power for himself, but failed. Constans II grew increasingly fearful that his younger brother, Theodosius, could oust him from the throne. Constans II therefore obliged Theodosius to take holy orders and later had Theodosius killed in 660. On July 15th 668 Constans II was assassinated in his bath by his chamberlain with a bucket! I bet it was heavy and fancy. Did he maybe "kick the bucket"? His son Constantine succeeded him as Constantine IV. 6 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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