Michael I revealed himself not the emperor, who had hoped his subjects. Pushover and legkovnushaemy, he was a puppet, which could control anyone who took over the thread. The main manipulators there were two leading churchman of the time: Nikifor, the patriarch of Constantinople and Theodore, the abbot of the monastery of Studion. Nikifor, like its predecessor Tarasy, previously he was a civil servant. He was a man of considerable ability, sincerely devoted to faith and steadfast ikonopochitateley. However, he became the object of hatred by extremist monastic party led by Theodore the Studite. The latter, thanks to their enormous energy and personal magnetism achieved a privileged position at the court and began to exert an enormous influence on the emperor, who consulted him on all matters - both religious and secular.
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