Crusader, Emperor of the Romans, refugee; Antigonos I Palaiologos was all of these things and more. The second -- and last -- child of Constantine XI, Antigonos' war of resistance against the Ottomans after the fall of Constantinople have long been the stuff of legend.
Antigonos was born on the 13th of September, 1442, in the imperial palace of Blachernae. Later accounts attest that Antigonos came squalling into the world, a robust child with a head of thick black hair; the delight of his mother, the pride of his father. Antigonos inherited his father's strong, if plain, features -- and he grew into a fine young boy, with a passion for horsemanship and the arts of war, and, as an adult, was remarked upon by scholars as intelligent, charming and witty. Antigonos' critics considered him ruthless, with a bad, sometimes violent temper, blunt in his speech and often gloomy.
All of these things are true.
This is his, and his children's, tale.