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.
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.
Table of contents
Preface ... ix
Maps ... xi
Introduction ... 1
Prologue ... 15
Chapter One The Constitutional Treaties of 1204–1205: 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
All those interested in the history of Byzantium, the history of the Crusades, the history of the Middle Ages, (geo)political and institutional history, the history of political thought.