Niketas Choniates names "Branas Theodorus, Georgius Palaeologus, Raul Constantinus, Cantacuzenus Michael et alii complures improbi et leves homini, imperatori sanguine iuncti" as those involved in the conspiracy to depose Emperor Isaakios II in 1195], daughter of --- .
Georgios Akropolites records that "Demetrius Tornicius Thessalonic magnus domesticus" married "magni domestici consobrinam" (referring to Mikhael Palaeologus, the future Emperor Mikhael VIII), son of ALEXIOS Palaiologos & his wife --- (-Thessaloniki [1248/52]).
However, it is likely that all these members of the Palaiologos family, many of whom added "Doukas" and "Komnenos" to their names, were descended from Georgios and Alexios Palaiologos, whose wives belonged to the Doukas and Komnenos families respectively. Ioannes Kinnamos records that "Michael sebastus ex Palaiologorum gente" met the crusaders at Sardika [Sofia], and was an envoy of Emperor Manuel I to Louis VII King of France, after the latter crossed the Danube, daughter of IOANNES Kantakouzenos & his wife Maria Komnene.The on-line Prosopography of the Byzantine World database (2006.02) produced by King's College, London has also been consulted, especially for seals.An earlier version of this document was reviewed by Morris Bierbrier, who has made additions and corrections where indicated ("MB" in the footnotes). Skylitzes names "Nicephorus Palologuset philosophorum princeps Constantinus Psellus, atque in primis Csar illius qui antea imperavorat cognatus" as military advisers during the Asia Minor campaign of Emperor Romanos Diogenes, dated to [1071/72].The early members of the Kantakouzenos family are set out in Chapter 2. The family is first recorded with imperial ambitions in 1199, but it was not until the rise to power of Ioannes Kantakouzenos, during the reign of Emperor Andronikos III in the early 14th century, that these ambitions became realistic.After the death of Andronikos III, Ioannes established himself as regent for the infant Emperor Ioannes V, and in 1341 named himself co-emperor as Ioannes VI.