Demetrios I Kantakouzenos

Demetrios I Kantakouzenos (Greek: Δημήτριος Καντακουζηνός) was transitional governor of the Morea in 1383. Demetrios was the son of Matthew Kantakouzenos, governor of the Morea, and Irene Palaiologina.

Byzantine emperor John V Palaiologos decided in 1381 to replace Matthew with his son Theodore I Palaiologos. Using all possible diplomatic tricks Matthew Kantakouzenos tried to block that decision but without success. During his last few months, Matthew resigned his power to Demetrios and gave him the task of making a smooth and peaceful transition of power from the Kantakouzenos family to the Palaiologos family. Demetrios' grandson, Manuel, in 1453, a short time after the fall of Constantinople, tried to take power in Morea.


His exact number of children or further descendants is unknown. The list of possible children or grandchildren includes:


Demetrios I Kantakouzenos
Palaiologos dynasty
Born: unknown Died: unknown
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Matthew Kantakouzenos
Despot of the Morea
Succeeded by
Theodore I Palaiologos

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