Stephanos Kontostephanos besieged Kerkyra but was mortally wounded by a stone

Andronikos Kontostephanos Komnenos, son of Stephanos (Andronikos 17004)
  • Was summoned to his father Stephanos 17003'’s deathbed and was encouraged to keep up morale by concealing his father's loss, and press home the attack on Kerkyra (:) Kinnamos 97.16-22
V 77: Anna, daughter of Ioannes II, wife of Stephanos Kontostephanos (Anna 25001)
  • An epitaph in her name was written for her husband Stephanos 17003, killed by a stone from a catapult in the siege of Kerkyra; it narrates their life together, lists their children, and describes her current desolation (:) Prodromos, Historische Gedichte L
  • A dedication of an icon of St Stephanos for Stephanos 17003, written in her name, says that her husband, like his saint, died by stoning; she asks for intercessions for the dead man and for herself and their children (:) Prodromos, Historische Gedichte LI
Emperor Manuel I Komnenos (Manuel 1)
  • He decided first to use envoys who spoke the language of the Sicilian defenders, to see if they would give up Kerkyra without fighting, but they refused, and barred their gates more effectively; so a siege began (:) δι᾽ ὁμογλώττων καὶ ὁμοφώνων Niketas Choniates, Historia 78.50-57
Stephanos Kontostephanos, brother-in-law of Manuel I, fleet commander (Stephanos 17003)
  • Was sent to attack Kerkyra and besieged it well but received a mortal wound, which he kept secret to keep up morale, telling his youngest son Andronikos 109 to press on; but when his death became known the Sicilian defence triumphed (:) Kinnamos 96.22-98.4
  • He was appointed, as megas doux, commander of the huge fleet assembled for the war of retaliation against Roger 17001; he first attacked Kerkyra, camping on the island separately from the Venetians, to avoid trouble (:) Niketas Choniates, Historia 77.30-78.39
  • The battle of missiles he conducted with the garrison of Kerkyra was very unequal, as the citadel was so tall, and the attackers seemed to be firing at the sky; there were many casualties, and finally he was himself struck by a stone and mortally wounded (:) Niketas Choniates, Historia 78.58-79.79
  • was sent to recapture Kerkyra from the Sicilians (:) Κερκυραίων Niketas Choniates, Historia 78.43