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MICHAEL V

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Originally appearing in Volume V18, Page 359 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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MICHAEL V. CALAPHATES, or " the caulker," nephew and successor of the preceding, surnamed after, the early occupation of his father. He owed his elevation (Dec. 1041) to his uncle John, whom along with Zoe he almost immediately banished; this led to a popular tumult in consequence of which he was dethroned after a brief reign of four months, and relegated to a monastery. His unpopularity seems largely due to his attempts at administrative reform, which were strongly resented by the dominant classes.
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