By Guillaume Saint-Guillain, Judith Herrin
This quantity of experiences explores a very complicated interval in Byzantine background, the 13th century, from the Fourth campaign to the recapture of Constantinople by way of exiled leaders from Nicaea. in this time there has been no Greek nation in line with Constantinople and so no Byzantine Empire by means of conventional definition. as a substitute, a Venetian/Frankish alliance governed from the capital, whereas many smaller states additionally claimed the mantle of Byzantium. Even after 1261 while the Latin Empire of Constantinople was once changed by means of a restored Greek kingdom, political fragmentation continued. This fragmentation makes the research of people tougher but additionally extra priceless than ever ahead of, and this quantity demonstrates the very substantial advances in historic realizing that could be received from prosopographical ways. expert historians of the Byzantine successor states of the interval, and in their most vital neighbours, right here research the self-projection and interactions of those states, combining army heritage and international relations, advertisement and theological contacts, and the reports and self-description of people. This wide-ranging sequence of articles makes use of an outstanding variety of resources - Arabic, Armenian, Bulgarian, Greek, Latin, Persian and Serbian - to take advantage of the opportunity of the unconventional method hired and of prosopography as an extra old software of research.
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The extent of these possessions is apparent from the list of monasteries, paroikoi, mills, gardens, casalia, baths, irrigation and market rights of the archdiocese drawn up for their confirmation by Innocent III in 1209: Innocentii IIIPontificis Romani Opera omnia, ed. -P. Migne, vol. 2, Patrologia Latina, 215 (Paris, 1855), col. 1559-62. Teresa Shawcross 19 of Choniates' life, no fewer than 11 were dispatched to Nicaea, Raidestos, Arta, Neapatras and Naupaktos 42 More generally, the archbishop appears to have been astonishingly knowledgeable about developments outside the occupied lands, a circumstance that can be explained by the high level of activity by messengers of various types who undertook to smuggle information across political frontiers.
98 Further cases included George Bardanes, a highly placed church official who seems to have been of Athenian extraction on this mother's side,99 and who fled twice, first to Anatolia in c. 1214, and then, for good, to Epiros, in c. 100 It was in Epiros, too, that John Chamaretos, whose family resided in Lakedaimonia and controlled the Laconian plain, was able to take sanctuary in c. , Letters 136, 137, 138, and, for comments, Paris Gounarides, '01 no2llnutS rcpoiittoOeaEiS yla TTIv avrtaraml orouS Aarivouc To 1204', EUppelKra, 5 (1983): 143-60.
When seeking to understand and analyse the events from the point of view of the vanquished, one still tends to turn to this text. Yet 1204, although undoubtedly a cataclysm for Constantinople and Constantinopolitans, was a date of significance for more than a single city and its citizens, since western ambitions were by no means limited to the acquisition and sack of the capital of the Byzantine Empire. ' Reinforcing his point in another passage, the same author relates the story of the fleet's encounter, as it rounded the southern tip of the Peloponnese and made its way up towards the Bosporos, with two vessels returning from Syria.
Identities and Allegiances in the Eastern Mediterranean after 1204 by Guillaume Saint-Guillain, Judith Herrin