Emperor John II Komnenos (1118-1143) of Byzantine: The Moorish Emperors of Rome

John II Komnenos (1118-1143)

John II (left) and his eldest son Alexios, crowned by Christ. Byzantine manuscript, early 12th century

The Latin historian William of Tyre described John as short and unusually ugly, with eyes, hair and complexion so dark he was known as ‘the Moor’.

John was also known as Kaloï?ann?s, “John the Good” or “John the Beautiful”.

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