The Latin Renovatio of Byzantium: The Empire of Constantinople (1204-1228)

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BRILL, May 23, 2011 - History - 535 pages
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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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Contents

Introduction
1
Prologue
15
The Latin Restructuring of Byzantium
41
Chapter Two The Imperial Ideology
61
Chapter Three The Imperial Quarter
103
Chapter Four Imperial Authority within the Empire in Its Entirety
157
Chapter Five The Central Elite
251
Chapter Six Religion Church and Empire
307
Chapter Seven The Byzantine Space
351
Chapter Eight The Latin Orient
433
Conclusion
473
Bibliography
483
Index
521
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About the author (2011)

Filip Van Tricht, Ph.D. (2004) in History, University of Ghent, is Guest Professor of Medieval History at the University of Ghent. He has published several articles dealing with aspects of thirteenth century Byzantium.

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