MICHAEL III . (839-867), " the drunkard," was
See also:grandson of Michael II., and succeeded his
See also:Theophilus when three years old (842) . During his minority the
See also:empire was governed by his
See also:mother Theodora, who in spite of several defeats inflicted upon her generals maintained the frontiers against the
See also:Saracens of
See also:Bagdad and Crete . The
See also:regent displayed her religious zeal by restoring image-worship (842) and persecuting the Paulician heretics, but she entirely neglected the
See also:education of her son . As a result Michael
See also:grew up a debauchee, and fell under thesway of his
See also:uncle Bardas, who induced him to banish Theodora to a convent and practically assumed the chief
See also:control (857) . Bardas justified this usurpation by introducing various
See also:internal reforms; in the
See also:wars of the
See also:period Michael himself took a more active
See also:part . During a conflict with the Saracens of the
See also:Euphrates (856—63), the emperor sustained a
See also:personal defeat (86o), which was retrieved by a
See also:great victory on the part of his uncle Petronas in
See also:Asia Minor . In 861 Michael and Bardas invaded Bulgaria and secured the conversion of the
See also:king to
See also:Christianity . On
See also:sea the empire suffered under the ravages of the Cretan corsairs; and in 865 the first pillaging expedition of the Russians endangered the
See also:Bosporus . In 867 Michael was assassinated by
See also:Basil the Macedonian, a former
See also:groom, who had overthrown the influence of Bardas and in 866 been associated in the Empire .
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