Conrad suffered major losses in a flood at Choirobakchoi, but remained intransigent

Summary:
Conrad III and his men camped and went to sleep at Choirobakchoi by the little stream Melas. In the night there was a rainstorm and the Melas turned into a raging torrent, sweeping away many German knights, horses, weapons, supplies and possessions of all kinds, though his army remained huge. This was seen by some Byzantines as a splendid miracle of the Theotokos. After these losses he was rather chastened by helplessness before the wrath of God and puzzled that even the elements supported his enemies. He grieved and became a little less proud. After the flood he was consoled by aristocrats sent by Manuel I, and was invited to discussions. His request that Manuel himself come out to meet him was ignored 
Dates:
1147 
Conrad III Hohenstaufen, king of Germany (Conrad 53)
  • After the disaster in flood at Choirobakchoi he was consoled by aristocrats sent by the emperor Manuel 1, and was invited to discussions; his request that Manuel come out to meet him was ignored (:) Kinnamos 74.11-18
  • He and his men camped and went to sleep at Choirobakchoi by the little stream Melas; in the night there was a rainstorm and the Melas turned into a raging torrent, sweeping away many German knights, horses, weapons, supplies and possessions of all kinds (:) Niketas Choniates, Historia 64.56-65.78
  • After his losses at Choirobakchoi he was rather chastened by helplessness before the wrath of God and puzzled that even the elements supported his enemies; so he grieved and became a little less proud (:) Niketas Choniates, Historia 65.78-93
  • He camped in a hollow at Choirobakchoi near a small river, the Melas; but heavy rains turned the Melas into a raging torrent, which killed many of the Germans and destroyed their equipment, a splendid miracle of the Theotokos (:) Manganeios Prodromos 20.286
  • On the way to Constantinople, he camped in a field watered by a small stream which became a flood as the result of rain in the night; he thus lost a large number of men by drowning, though his army was so huge that it made little difference (:) Odo of Deuil 46-48
Emperor Manuel I Komnenos (Manuel 1)
  • Sent aristocrats to the German ruler Conrad 53 to console him for the disaster of Choirobakchoi and to invite him to discussions; he then treated with contempt ConradÂ’'s counter-proposal that he come out to meet him (:) Kinnamos 74.11-18