The Latin Renovatio of Byzantium: The Empire of Constantinople (1204-1228)
In 1204 the army of the Fourth Crusade sacked the great city of Constantinople. In earlier historiography the view prevailed that these Western barons and knights temporarily destroyed the Byzantine state and replaced it with a series of feudal states of their own making. Through a comprehensive rereading of better and lesser-known sources this book offers an alternative perspective arguing that the Latin rulers did not abolish, but very consciously wanted to continue the Eastern Empire. In this, the new imperial dynasty coming from Flanders-Hainaut played a pivotal role. Despite religious and other differences many Byzantines sided with the new regime and administrative practices at the different governmental levels were to a larger or lesser degree maintained.
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The Latin Restructuring of Byzantium
Chapter Two The Imperial Ideology
Chapter Three The Imperial Quarter
Chapter Four Imperial Authority within the Empire in Its Entirety
Chapter Five The Central Elite
Acta Honorii administrative Adrianople agreement Akropolites Alexios Asia Minor attested barons Béthune bishop Boniface of Montferrat Branas Bulgarian Byzantine emperors Byzantine Empire Byzantine imperial Byzantium CCXV CCXVI central elite Chapter chronicle Church circa compagnons core quarter David Komnenos Demetrios ecclesiastical Emperor Baldwin Emperor Henry Emperor Robert emperorship entourage Epiros expedition feudal fiefdoms Flanders Fourth Crusade Geoffrey of Villehardouin Hainaut Hendrickx Henry’s Holy Honorius Ibidem imperial authority imperial court imperial quarter inter alia Jacoby Kingdom of Thessalonike Komnenos L’empire latin Latin Constantinople Latin emperors Latin Empire Latin Patriarchate Latin rule Latin-Byzantine legate Longnon Mesarites Migne military monastery Nicaea Niketas Choniates non-Venetian oorkonden papal Partitio Peter of Courtenay podestà political pope Pressutti Prevenier princes principalities regent Regesta region relations Roman Romania ruler Saint Serbia Tafel & Thomas Tautu territories Theodore Branas Theodore Doukas Theodore Laskaris Thessalonike Thrace tion Urkunden Valenciennes vassals Vatatzes Venetian Venice vis-à-vis Western Yolande