The old emperor had no choice but to start negotiations. One or two days later, a delegation headed by Michael Psellus, Isaac went to the location of the camp. emperor's proposal was simple enough: Isaac quietly arrives in Constantinople, where he was crowned as the Caesar, and automatically succeed to the throne after his death, Michael. Psellus describes the reception, which took place on August 25: "Isaac sat on a gilded chair standing on a high platform. Gorgeous gown gave him a majestic appearance; diffused opinion pointed out that Isaac is immersed in the deepest thoughts ... He was surrounded by a lot of soldiers. There were Italians and Scythians from the Taurus, people frightening guises in alien garb, staring fiercely round the self. Some were plucked eyebrows. Some soldiers had war paint ... Finally the men were armed with long spears with axes on their shoulders. "
An Innocent Bride
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