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Information about reign: Emperors John V Palaiologos, John VI Kantakouzenos and Matthew Kantakouzenos

CountryEastern Roman Empire (Byzantine Empire)
From13 April 1353
To10 December 1354
Persons Emperor John V Palaiologos of the Eastern Roman Empire (1332 - 1391)
Emperor John VI Kantakouzenos of the Eastern Roman Empire (1292 - 1383)
Emperor Matthew Kantakouzenos of the Eastern Roman Empire (1325 - 1383)
Description

John V Palaiologos or Palaeologus (Greek: Ίωάννης Ε' Παλαιολόγος) was a Byzantine emperor, who succeeded his father in 1341 at age eight.

John V was the son of Emperor Andronikos III and his wife Anna, the daughter of Count Amadeus V of Savoy by his second wife Maria of Brabant. His long reign was marked by the gradual dissolution of imperial power amid numerous civil wars and the continuing ascendancy of the Ottoman Turks.

John V came to the throne at age eight. His reign began with an immediate civil war between his designated regent, his father's friend John Kantakouzenos, and a self-proclaimed council of regency composed of his mother Anna, the patriarch John XIV Kalekas, and the megas doux Alexios Apokaukos.

John VI Kantakouzenos was crowned co-emperor on 31 March 1347. Matthew Kantakouzenos was crowned co-emperor on 10 December 1354.