Basil I 'the Macedonian', Emperor of Constantinople  127
- Born: Abt 811
- Marriage (1): Maria 
- Marriage (2): Eudokia Ingerina 
- Died: 29 Aug 886 about age 75
Cause of his death was kild in suspicious hunting accident.
Another name for Basil was Constantinos Porphyrogenitus (Born to the purple).
Basil I 'the Macedonian', Emperor of Constantinople was born circa 811.2 He died on 29 August 886.1,2
Basil I 'the Macedonian', Emperor of Constantinople held the office of Co-regent of Constantinople in 866.1 He gained the title of Emperor Basil I of Constantinople in 867.1
1. John Morby, Dynasties of the World: a chronological and genealogical handbook (Oxford, Oxfordshire, U.K.: Oxford University Press, 1989), page 52. Hereinafter cited as Dynasties of the World.
2. Wikipedia, online www.wikipedia.org. Hereinafter cited as Wikipedia.
was born a simple peasant in Thrace, so we do not know much about his parents from contemporary documents. That being the case this probably should be the end of this line for now.
But, when he became Emperor he had his heritage traced and gave us a family tree of his ancestors. Many if not most modern scholars reject this tree as self serving and say it was doctored to make it look like he had a right to be emperor. Maybe so or maybe not. Anyway it is here for you to decide. The crutch of the matter is whether or not this Konstantinos was his father. You decide.
Basil I died on August 29, 886 from a fever contracted after a serious hunting accident when his belt was caught in the antlers of a deer, and he was allegedly dragged 16 miles through the woods. He was saved by an attendant who cut him loose with a knife, but he suspected the attendant of trying to assassinate him and had the man executed shortly before he himself died.
The interesting part is that the only witness to Basil being killed by a stag was Stylianos Zautzes, the father of Zoe that was Basil I's hated son Leo's faience. The Zoe that Basil I had beaten his son Leo almost to death over, because Leo would not get rid of her.
Basil married Maria  [MRIN: 551616410].
Basil next married Eudokia Ingerina  [MRIN: 551615284], daughter of Inger  and Unknown.