Turks sent against Nikephoros Botaneiates by Michael VII were bribed by the rebel

Summary:
Michael VII with embassies and numerous gifts bribed Kutulmush and his sons to hold the roads against Botaneiates' advance on the capital. Sulayman and Mansur ibn Kutulmush were camped at Chrysopolis and primed for war. However Botaneiates sent his ally Chrysoskoulos/Erisgen who won them over with larger bribes to his cause. The Turks received huge gifts daily from the imperial treasury, and so left the way to Nicaea open 
Dates:
1078 
Erisgen/Arisighi, brother-in-law of Alp Arslan (Chrysoskoulos 101)
  • Sent by Nikephoros 3 (Botaneiates)'s men to the Turks who were hindering their march towards Nicaea, he talked to them and persuaded them to take money and retreat, leaving the road to Nicaea open (:) ὁμιλήσας ἐκείνοις καὶ πείσας χρήματα λαβεῖν καὶ παλινοστῆσαι ἄδειαν τούτοις παρέσχεν ἐλθεῖν πρὸς τὴν Νίκαιαν Bryennios 241.24-26
Mansur ibn Kutulmush (Mansur 5000)
  • Encamped with countless Huns (Turks) at Chrysopolis, was granted daily many gifts from the imperial treasury for his loyalty to the emperor (Nikephoros 3) and the leaders of his army were also rewarded with gold and expensive textiles: in association with his brother Sulayman 5000 (:) καθημερινή τις ἡ ἐκ τῶν βασιλικῶν θησαυρῶν καὶ ἀναρίθμητος ἐπίρροια ἐπεγίνετο Attaleiates: History 276.20-277.9 / 198.21-199.3
Emperor Michael VII Doukas (Michael 7)
  • Befriended the Turks and sent them embassies with countless gifts and all kinds of promises arousing them against Botaneiates (Nikephoros 3) so that they might kill or capture him, but although tempted they sided with Botaneiates instead (:) τῶν Τούρκων ὡς οἰκειοτάτων καὶ φιλίων ἀντιποιούμενος διεπέμπετο πρὸς αὐτούς Attaleiates: History 240.14-241.2 / 174.7-16
  • Ignoring the internal dissensions he prepared for war against the external enemies and sent envoys to the ruler of the Turks (Sulayman 5000 ibn Kutulmush) arming him against Botaneiates (Nikephoros 3): in association with Nikephoros 63 (:) τὸν ἐντὸς ἀγνοήσαντες πόλεμον πρὸς τὸν ἔξωθεν ἐξηρτύοντο καὶ πρὸς τὸν τῶν Τούρκων διεπρεσβεύοντο ἄρχοντα Bryennios 239.23-241.4
Emperor Nikephoros III Botaneiates (Nikephoros 3)
  • He had with him Turkish deserters who declared their submission and considered talking and seeing him a great privilege, and after his successes in the East many more submitted to his authority (:) παρῆσαν γὰρ τούτῳ αὐτόμολοι Attaleiates: History 215.17-21 / 157.27-158.2
  • Many Turks sided with him, instead of Michael 7 who offered them gifts and promises, submitted to his authority and promised to fight with him, and he defeated those who opposed him and captured those Romans who resisted in their forts (:) τῇ μοίρᾳ τούτου συνέταττον ἑαυτούς Attaleiates: History 241.1-9 / 174.15-21
  • Arrived at Kotyaion, learnt about Sulayman 5000 (occupying the roads) and lacking troops and adequate forces against such a multitude of enemies he conceived a wise plan: leaving the main roads he left (Kotyaion) at night and reached the fort of Atzoula (:) ἐπειδὴ σπανίζων ἦν στρατεύματος καὶ δυνάμεως ἀποχρώσης πρὸς τὸ πλῆθος τὸ τοσοῦτον τῶν ἐναντίων, βουλὴν βουλεύεται συνετήν Bryennios 241.7-13
Nikephoritzes (Nikephoros 63)
  • Ignoring the internal dissensions he prepared for war against the external enemies and sent envoys to the ruler of the Turks (Sulayman 5000 ibn Kutulmush) arming him against Botaneiates (Nikephoros 3): in association with Michael 7 (:) τὸν ἐντὸς ἀγνοήσαντες πόλεμον πρὸς τὸν ἔξωθεν ἐξηρτύοντο καὶ πρὸς τὸν τῶν Τούρκων διεπρεσβεύοντο ἄρχοντα Bryennios 239.23-241.4
Sulayman ibn Kutulmush (Sulayman 5000)
  • Sent envoys by the emperor (Michael 7) and the logothetes (Nikephoros 63) arming him against Botaneiates (Nikephoros 3), he undertook to wage war against the latter, kept watch over the roads and occupied the passes monitoring his forces and movements (:) σπεισάμενος τούτοις τὸν κατὰ ἐκείνου πόλεμον ἀνεδέξατο καὶ ἔκτοτε τὰς ὁδούς τε ἐτήρει καὶ τοὺς στενωποὺς κατεῖχε καὶ τὴν τοῦ Βοτανειάτου ἐπετήρει δύναμιν καὶ διάβασιν Bryennios 241.2-7
  • Encamped with countless Huns (Turks) at Chrysopolis, was granted daily many gifts from the imperial treasury for his loyalty to the emperor (Nikephoros 3) and the leaders of his army were also rewarded with gold and expensive textiles: in association with his brother Mansur 5000 (:) ὡς τὴν δουλικὴν στοργὴν καὶ πίστιν τηροῦντες τῷ βασιλεῖ Attaleiates: History 276.20-277.9 / 198.21-199.3