But there was also another consideration, encourages Alexei rigidly insist on the constant presence of Irina's side. Basileus knew that his wife and daughter, Anna disliked the eldest son of Irene, the undisputed heir of John Comnenus, and constantly weave intrigues against him, in order to promote her husband's successor Emperor Caesar Nicephorus Anna Bryennios. Irina has never missed an opportunity to denigrate John in the eyes of his father, but Alex refused to listen to her calumnies. He loved and trusted his son John, and in addition, basil wanted to found a dynasty: his achievements were continued for centuries, the crown should pass in accordance with the order of succession to the throne to his son, the firstborn, and later - God willing - the son of the first-born.
A Pliocene Companion
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