Synod of prelates decided to support rebel Nikephoros Botaneiates

Summary:
At a synod convened by the patriarch Kosmas the bishop of Ikonion expressed dissatisfaction with the situation, indirectly attacking Michael VII and Nikephoritzes and blaming them for the lack of food. He predicted the imperial displeasure which would result, and took refuge in the sanctuary of Hagia Sophia. He was violently removed from there by David the megas hetaireiarches at the order of Nikephoritzes. When the bishop was brought before the emperor he was not punished, as the emperor was fearful of the wrath of God for his violation of sanctuary 
Dates:
1078 
men of Michael VII sent to arrest bishop of Ikonion (Anonymi 5017)
  • They were sent by the emperor and the logothetes (Michael 7, Nikephoros 63) to arrrest the bishop of Ikonion (Anonymus 127) who had provoked their hostility by his remarks on the situation in the empire: in association with David 102 (:) τοὺς ἄξοντας αὐτὸν ἀνάρπαστον ἐξαπέστειλαν Attaleiates: History 259.1-2 / 186.14-15
  • Either out of impiety and brutality or following express orders, and consumed with anger, they did not respect the sanctuary (at Hagia Sophia), entered with their swords, arrested the bishop (Anonymus 127) and took him to the emperor (Michael 7): in association with David 102 (:) τὸν ἀρχιερέα ξιφήρεις ὄντες ἀνάρπαστον ποιησάμενοι Attaleiates: History 259.8-16 / 186.19-25
metropolitan of Ikonion [1078] (Anonymus 127)
  • Expressed openly his opinion about the current situation (unpopularity of Michael 7, famine) at the meeting of prelates convened by Patriarch Kosmas 11 and thus caused the logothetes (Nikephoros 63) and the emperor (Michael 7) to consider him their foe (:) τρανότερόν τε καὶ διαλεκτικώτερον τῷ βουλευτηρίῳ τὴν οἰκείαν γνώμην ἐνσημηνάμενος Attaleiates: History 258.22-259.1 / 186.12-14
  • Anticipated the emperor and the logothetes (Michael 7, Nikephoros 63)'s wrath against him and sought refuge in the sanctuary of Hagia Sophia, but was arrested (by Anonymi 5017 and David 102) and taken before the emperor who, however, did not punish him (:) προγνοὺς τὸ τῆς ὀργῆς ἀκατάσχετον Attaleiates: History 259.2-17, 271.13-17 / 186.15-26, 194.18-21
David, associate of Nikephoritzes and megas hetaireiarches (David 102)
  • Following orders from the logothetes (Nikephoros 63) he dragged away violently from the altar table in the sanctuary of Hagia Sophia the bishop of Ikonion Anonymus 127 (:) τὸν ἀρχιερέα τῆς ἱερᾶς τραπέζης ἐν τῷ θυσιαστηρίῳ τῆς τοῦ θεοῦ λόγου σοφίας βιαίως ἀνείλκυσεν Attaleiates: History 271.15-17 / 194.19-21
  • Since no church would provide shelter for him after the deposition of Michael 7, for he was ashamed to do what he had prevented others from doing (Anonymus 127) in a place he had defiled out of rashness, he fled on horseback with some of his men: in association with Nikephoros 63 (:) ᾐδέσθησαν γὰρ προσελθεῖν καὶ προσρυῆναι ἐκείνοις ὧν τὴν καταφυγὴν ἄλλοις αὐτοὶ ἀπηγόρευσαν Attaleiates: History 271.14-23 / 194.18-25
Kosmas I, patriarch of Constantinople (Kosmas 11)
  • Convened a synod of prelates who discussed the current situation (unpopularity of Michael 7, famine) and decided to support Botaneiates (Nikephoros 3) for the throne, although this was not openly stated out of fear for the emperor (Michael 7) (:) συνῆλθον εἰς ταὐτὸν οἱ τῆς ἀρχιερατικῆς ἀξίας τῷ ἀρχιποιμένι τούτων καὶ πατριάρχῃ Attaleiates: History 258.10-18 / 186.3-9
Emperor Michael VII Doukas (Michael 7)
  • Angered at the expression of dissatisfaction for the current situation (unpopularity of the emperor, famine) by the bishop of Ikonion (Anonymus 127) at the gathering of prelates, he ordered his arrest (by Anonymi 5017) which occurred in Hagia Sophia: in association with Nikephoros 63 (:) ἔχθιστος ἐλογίσθη τῷ τε λογοθέτῃ καὶ αὐτῷ βασιλεῖ Attaleiates: History 259.1-15 / 186.14-25
  • Brought before him the bishop of Ikonion (Anonymus 127), he respected his outspokenness and good judgment, and, fearful of the wrath of God because of the bishop's arrest in the sanctuary (of Hagia Sophia), he did not punish him (:) τήν τε παρρησίαν τοῦ ἀνδρὸς αἰδεσθεὶς καὶ τὸ ἐν λόγοις εὐδόκιμον Attaleiates: History 259.15-19 / 186.24-28
  • Failed to turn the shrine (Hagia Sophia, where Anonymus 127 was arrested) into a gateway to salvation and was removed further away instead, punished as befits those who commit sacrilege: in association with Nikephoros 63 (:) πόρρω ταύτης ἀποκρουσθέντες Attaleiates: History 259.22-260.4 / 187.1-4
  • While danger was imminent he confiscated the holy vessels and decorated gospels from the wealthiest shrines and carried them to the palace, although they were of little use to him for he had much silver and gold, and he only incurred the wrath of God (:) μήτε τῶν τῆς φρικτῆς ἱερουργίας καὶ μυστικῆς τραπέζης ἀποσχόμενος κρατήρων ἢ κανῶν ἢ λοιπῶν περιρραντηρίων, μήτε πέπλων καλυπτόντων τὰ ἱλαστήρια μήτ ᾿ ἄλλης σκευῆς θείων πραγμάτων φεισάμενος Attaleiates: History 260.4-21 / 187.4-17
  • Refused to accept the situation (resulting from the manifest support for Nikephoros 3 Botaneiates) and resisted, acting in a childish manner and paying heed to astrologers and imposters, with the consent of the logothetes (Nikephoros 63) (:) τὰ μὲν ἄλλα ὅσα μειρακιωδῶς διεσκέπτετο Attaleiates: History 257.12-22 / 185.16-24
Nikephoritzes (Nikephoros 63)
  • Angered at the expression of dissatisfaction for the situation (unpopularity of the emperor, famine) by the bishop of Ikonion (Anonymus 127) at the gathering of prelates, he ordered his arrest (by Anonymi 5017 and David 102) which occurred in Hagia Sophia (:) τοὺς ἄξοντας αὐτὸν ἀνάρπαστον ἐξαπέστειλαν Attaleiates: History 259.1-15, 271.15-17 / 186.14-25, 194.19-21