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Once, in due time, she took the emperor, her husband, by the hand and led him to the wonderful church of the Almighty Christ built by her. Having entered, she threw herself down, bending her head on the sacred floor, exclaimed in tears and prayed thus: ‘Receive, Sire, the church made for you by God’. And she neither rose nor stopped shedding her tears until her request was complied with. After having bathed the sacred floor with her tears, she heard the emperor’s promise to fulfil her heart’s desire: to put superb and sacred treasures in this 72 % I*-' ¥ ^ ’TO u'tbVo , W i, XL£yi)uf.

STRUGGLE AGAINST BYZANTINE EXPANSION treasures of her soul flashed in more and more radiant beams; and so she became celebrated not only in her immediate sur­ roundings, but also in distant, foreign lands”. She was a happy wife and loving mother who educated her children with excep­ tional care. At the same time, she was not attracted by the splendours of Byzantine life. ’ ” She devoted her life to others and her subjects; “supported the needy, stretched out a helping hand to orphans and widows, and assisted the inhabitants of monasteries with donations”.

This unreliable prince offered the two towns governed by him to the Magyars provided 6 Byzantium and the Magyars 81 they supported him in seizing the throne of Byzantium. Manuel, however, got wind of his intentions and had him arrested. Meanwhile the Byzantine army was defeated near Belgrade. In 1155 prince Istvdn, the yoimger brother of king Geza II who had fled to Byzantium, was also fighting in Manuel’s army. The emperor tried to make a tool of him in his efforts to realize his plans. The Hungarian prince was warmly welcomed in the Byzantine court, and Manuel’s niece, princess Mary, was given him in marriage.

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