Michael Palaiologos
Historical Figure
Nationality: Byzantine Empire
Date of Birth:  ?
Date of Death: 1156
Cause of Death: Unknown
Religion: Eastern Orthodox
Occupation: Soldier
Turtledove Appearances:
Shared Universe Story
"Two Thieves"
Type of Appearance: Direct
Nationality: New Constantinople
Occupation: Diplomat
Michael Palaiologos (d. 1156) was a Byzantine general who served under Manuel I Komnenos. He is probably best remembered for his campaign in 1150 CE to resurrect the theme of Langobardia. Palaiologos's effort were quite successful in short order. However, he abruptly died while on campaign.

His family, the Palaiologoi, eventually ruled the Byzantine Empire, taking power in 1259, and ruling until the empire was toppled in 1453.

Michael Palaiologos in "Two Thieves"Edit

Like everyone who lived and died on Earth, Michael Palaiologos was resurrected on Riverworld. He became a citizen of New Constantinople, the city-state founded by Alexios Komnenos, and served as ambassador to the neighboring state of Bornu. It was because Palaiologos was in Bornu that Alexios Komnenos decided not to kill Idris Alooma; while both men would be resurrected, Palaiologos might have been subject to torture first, and his resurrection could take place anywhere along the River, depriving Alexios of his services.[1] After the alliance of New Constantinople and Shytown defeated Bornu, Michael Palaiologos became the minister to Shytown. He was present when Alexios was sworn-in as Vice Mayor.[2]

Literary commentEdit

While a large number of Byzantine royals shared the name Michael Palaiologos, the clues in the text suggest that this general is the character depicted.


  1. Tales of Riverworld, pg. 174.
  2. Ibid., pg. 200.

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