It is probable, however, that Harun's anger was caused to a large extent by the insinuations of his courtiers that he was a mere puppet in the hands of a powerful family.
Harun's son Motasim displeased the people by creating a bodyguard of Turks, and therefore transferred his seat to Samarra.
The patrician Nicetas, count of Opsikion, who sought to oppose his march, was defeated by Harun's general, Yazid b.
Khalid, Harun's former tutor, who showed such firmness and boldness that Hadi cast him into prison and resolved on his death.
Although the administration of Harun's states was committed to skilful hands, yet the first years of his long reign were not free from troubles.
Khalid, to whose care he had been entrusted, suffered him to escape, and that this was the real cause of Harun's anger against the Barmecides (q.v.).
He even, in direct violation of Harun's will, led back the corps which was intended to occupy Khorasan under the authority of Mamun.