Michael II Kourkouas (Oxeites) (Greek: Μιχαήλ Β΄ Κουρκούας) was an Eastern Orthodox patriarch of Constantinople (July 1143 – March 1146).

When at the beginning of 1143 patriarch Leo and emperor John II Komnenos died within a few months of each other, the Byzantine Church entered a period of great turbulence[1]. Soon after assuming power, Manuel I saw to the election of a new patriarch, Michael Kourkouas, a monk from the island monastery of Oxeia; the sources stress the emperor's active involvement[1]. Manuel I himself was crowned by the new patriarch next month upon entering the capital. Upon taking the office Michael II was involved with religious persecution of bogomils[2]. After three years Michael II resigned in disillusion[1].

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Paul Magdalino. (2002). The Empire of Manuel I Komnenos, 1143-1180, Cambridge University Press, pp.276-277
  2. Joan Mervyn Hussey. (1990). The Orthodox Church in the Byzantine Empire, Oxford Univerity Press, p.165
Preceded by
Leo Styppeiotes
Patriarch of Constantinople
Succeeded by
Cosmas II Atticus

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