Alexios Axouchos, sent with money to recover affairs in Italy, achieved considerable success

Pope Hadrian IV (Adrianos 24)
  • His Interdict frightened a pro-Byzantine (Anonymus 17047) to change sides (:) Kinnamos 171.10-19
  • Now allied with William 51, he forbade the mission of Konstantinos 17002 and Andreas 17001 via papal territory to Apulia; but pro-Byzantine aristocrats roused the Romans against him, and welcomed (Ioannes 17013) Kontostephanos to recruit there (:) τῶν ἐπὶ δόξης Kinnamos 170.20-171.5
  • Angry at the reception of Kontostephanos (Ioannes 17013) by the pro-Byzantines in Rome, he imposed an Interdict (his only recourse, because of division of 2 Romes); made a speech preferring the local William 51 to an outsider (:) Kinnamos 171.5-10
Alexios Axouchos (Alexios 17004)
  • After the Brindisi disaster he was sent by Manuel 1 to Ancona with money to reclaim Italy (Apulia); he sent Konstantinos 17002 and Andreas 17001 to Apulia, where they raised mercenaries and took cities — though offending the pope Adrianos 24 (:) Kinnamos 170.5-22
pro-Byzantine in Rome who changed sides (Anonymus 17047)
  • Respecting the pope (Adrianos 24)'’s Interdict, he abandoned the Byzantine side, but was then hung in effigy (?) by his fellows, leading to the raising of the Interdict (:) Kinnamos 171.11-19
Ioannes Kontostephanos, envoy to Syria-Palestine (Ioannes 17013)
  • Apparently sent to recruit in Rome, he was welcomed by the pro-Byzantine party (:) Kinnamos 171.4-5
Konstantinos Ottos, military commander in Italy (Konstantinos 17002)
  • Was sent together with Andreas 17001 by Alexios 17004 from Ancona to Apulia, where they raised mercenaries and took over cities — though their mission offended the pope Adrianos 24 (:) Kinnamos 170.16-22
Emperor Manuel I Komnenos (Manuel 1)
  • The reclaiming of Apulia after the Brindisi disaster went well, with San Germano and 300 other places under Byzantine control (see list at Blachernai; Ioannes 17001 says he heard him complain that list was too long out of flattery) (:) Kinnamos 172.6
  • Angry at the Brindisi disaster, he sent Alexios 17004 with money to Ancona, to reclaim Italy (Apulia); he had a defensive pact with Ancona, after clashes with Venice over Kerkyra and kept the Byzantine party active in Rome (:) Kinnamos 169.20-171.2
William I, king of Sicily (William 51)
  • Treaty concluded: he was soon after recognised by the Byzantines as king, and the good-will lasted even after his death, when Manuel 1 refused to help the usurpation of his brother (Anonymus 17048) (:) Kinnamos 175.15-23
  • His office replied to Manuel 1’'s letter: Manuel had avenged raid on Greece (1147) many times over, now rivalling Justinian; punishment should stop, as crime was not unusual; peace is noble and treaty will recover captives (:) οἱ περὶ Γιλίελμον Kinnamos 173.20-175.15