Fresh campaign against Turks (&/or Roussel) under kaisar Ioannes

After the failed campaign of Isaakios Komnenos against the Turks and the rebellion of Roussel de Bailleul, the kaisar Ioannes Doukas was appointed strategos autokrator and sent by his nephew Michael VII at the instigation of the scheming Nikephoritzes to Asia Minor. The kaisar agreed rather reluctantly to head the campaign instead of his son Andronikos, camped at Dorylaion and reached the bridge of Zompos over the Sangarios 
Andronikos Doukas, son of the kaisar Ioannes (Andronikos 61)
  • He was proposed by his father Ioannes 62 to lead the campaign against the Turks and Roussel 61, instead of Ioannes himself; however Nikephoros 63 made Michael 7 refuse the request, so Ioannes set out as commander with Andronikos in his army (:) Bryennios 167.22-169.2
Ioannes Doukas, kaisar (Ioannes 62)
  • Appointed strategos autokrator after the capture of Isaakios 61 Komnenos, he was sent against the Turks, crossed over and reached Dorylaion with his entire army where he encamped, then marched on up to the bridge of Zompos over the Sangarios (:) καὶ προχειρίζεται στρατηγὸς αὐτοκράτωρ Attaleiates: History 184.15-24 / 136.18-25
  • Was summoned by the emperor (Michael 7) and asked to march against Roussel 61 but, aware of the plot against him by the logothetes (Nikephoros 63), he suggested to send his son Andronikos 61 instead but finally gave way and prepared for the campaign (:) υἱὸν ἐκπέμπειν Ἀνδρόνικον κατὰ τοῦ ἀποστάτου συνεβούλευεν Bryennios 167.22-169.2
  • Michael 7 appointed him commander for the war (:) Zonaras 18.16.16
Konstantinos Doukas, son of Kaisar Ioannes (Konstantinos 61)
  • He was left behind as protostrator in the capital to look after family interests there and keep watch on Michael 7, while his father Ioannes 62 and his brother Andronikos 61 commanded the army against the Turks and Roussel 61 (:) Bryennios 167.22-169.2
Emperor Michael VII Doukas (Michael 7)
  • Bestowed the great office of protostrator to Konstantinos 61, who stayed behind in order to rectify his inconsistent character when the latter's father (Ioannes 62) and brother (Andronikos 61) crossed over to Asia Minor (in late autumn:τοῦ ἡλίου τὰς μετοπωρινὰς τροπὰς μεταλλάττοντος) προεβέβλητο γὰρ πρὸς αὐτοῦ πρωτοστράτωρ Bryennios 145.12-16
  • Consented to the departure to Asia Minor of the kaisar (Ioannes 62), whom he increasingly ignored, being under the total domination of the logothetes (Nikephoros 63) (in late autumn:τοῦ ἡλίου τὰς μετοπωρινὰς τροπὰς μεταλλάττοντος) τὸν βασιλέα εἶδε πρὸς τοῦτο συγκαταβαίνοντα Bryennios 145.10
  • Convinced by the logothetes (Nikephoros 63) to send his uncle (Ioannes 62) against Roussel 61, he summoned him to announce the decision, insisting that the expedition be led either by himself or by the kaisar, and not the latter's son (Andronikos 61) (:) Πείθεται τοῖς τούτου λόγοις ὁ βασιλεύς, μετακαλεῖται τὸν θεῖον ... ἤτοι ἐμὲ χρὴ κατ ᾿ ἐκείνου στρατεύειν ἢ σέ Bryennios 167.17-169.1
  • Appointed his uncle the Kaisar (Ioannes 62) as commander for the war (:) Zonaras 18.16.16
Nikephoritzes (Nikephoros 63)
  • Irritated by the kaisar (Ioannes 62)'s meddling in state affairs, he tried to find a way to remove him quickly, but because this was not easy he plotted with his friends, wishing to get rid of his fear for him and to exploit the emperor's stupidity (:) ἐβούλετο γὰρ τοῦ ἐξ ἐκείνου δέους ἀπαλλαγῆναι καὶ οὕτω τῆς βασιλέως ἀβελτηρίας κατατρυφᾶν ἀδεῶς Bryennios 167.10-15
  • Conceived a plan more elaborate and evil than wise and taking advantage of the emperor (Michael 7)'s immaturity he convinced him to get rid of his uncle the kaisar (Ioannes 62) suggesting that he be sent to campaign against Roussel 61 (:) βουλὴν βουλεύεται οὐ συνετὴν μᾶλλον ἢ βαθεῖαν καὶ πονηράν Bryennios 167.16-19
Roussel de Bailleul (Roussel 61)
  • On learning this [the appointment of Ioannes 62 as commander] he took control of the Sangarios before the Kaisar (Ioannes 62) could cross and encamped opposite him (:) Zonaras 18.16.17