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(Historical Terms) an important Byzantine family from which the imperial dynasties of Constantinople (1057–59; 1081–1185) and Trebizond (1204–1461) derived
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(kɒmˈni nəs)

a dynasty of Byzantine emperors that ruled at Constantinople, 1057?–1185, and at Trebizond, 1204–1461?.
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The long reign of Alexius I Comnenus was a period marked by turbulence and change in the Byzantine Empire.
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The impetus behind the First Crusade centers upon an appeal for assistance by the Byzantine Emperor Alexius I Comnenus (1081-1118), who "had stabilized [his] empire and was keen to take military advantage of the chaos in the Islamic lands...." (136) Alexius I was short on manpower but undoubtedly did not expect the enthusiastic response from the West, as spearheaded by Pope Urban II (1088-99).
It was also a place of refuge for Cypriot king Isaac Comnenus who escaped when the British king Richard the Lion Heart defeated him in a battle outside Limassol.
In an attempt to curtail the Muslim victory, the Byzantine Emperor, Alexios I Comnenus, sought to align Christianity against a common enemy, with the request of Western aid.
Amalric's successive campaigns drew Nur-al-Din and the Byzantine Emperor Manuel Comnenus into a regional power struggle, which ended unpredictably with Saladin's takeover of Egypt and Syria.
A fortified monastery stood here in the 12th century, from which Isc Comnenus negotiated his surrender to Richard the Lionheart.
Luke was hidden there; Comnenus King Manuel III, 1390-1412, presented Soumela with a piece of the True Cross; and for 1600 years the monks had taken care of the icon of the Holy Virgin.
The defeat suffered by the Emperor Manuel Comnenus at Myriokephalon was the result of both arrogance and stupidity on his part.