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Andronicus II Palaeologus, 1272 - 24 May 1328 A.D.
Joint rule as junior emperor with Michael (his father), 1272 - 11 December 1282 A.D. Joint rule as senior emperor with Michael IX (his son), 21 May 1295 - 12 October 1320 A.D. Joint rule with Andronicus III (his grandson), 2 February 1325 - 24 May 1328 A.D. Under Andronicus II the empire permanently declined. Tax revenues dropped, the treasury was depleted, the army was drastically cut, and Turkish tribes overran most of Asia Minor. His son was co-emperor but died in 1320. After Andronicus II did not select his popular grandson, Andronicus III as heir, he rose in revolt. Even after they agreed to reign jointly, they were again at war. In 1328, the grandson took the city by surprise. At first Andronicus II retained his titles and his home in the palace. In 1330, however, forced into a monastery, he retired as the monk Anthony. Old and blind, he died 13 February 1332 A.D. Coinage may have been issued in his name until his death.