This chapter examines two instances of the miraculous preserved in late Byzantine historiography, and its impact on late Byzantine civic discourse: ﬁrst, George Pachymeres’ description of a healing miracle at Magnesia in 1303 that is rich in political implications, as the deaf and dumb brother of the town’s kastrophylax saw an apparition of the emperor John III Batatzes; second, the miraculous healing of Emperor Andronikos III’s wounded foot upon his entry to Thessalonike during the ﬁrst civil war in 1328 (as reported by John Kantakouzenos). I argue that its top-to-bottom structure, as compared to the far more common bottom-to-top structure of such miracles, renders the Magnesia episode somewhat suspicious and subsequently analyse to which degree Kantakouzenos’ account, with its focus on the miraculous healing, differs from Gregoras’ account of the same event. The chapter concludes that miraculous performances were, on occasion, purposely exploited to steer late Byzantine civic discourse.
|Title of host publication||Late Byzantium Reconsidered|
|Subtitle of host publication||The Arts of the Palaiologan Era in the Mediterranean|
|Editors||Andrea Mattiello, Maria Alessia Rossi|
|Publication status||Published - 19 Mar 2019|