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Wolff, R. L.; Hazard, H. W. (ed.) / Volume II: The later Crusades, 1189-1311
(1969)

VI: The Latin Empire of Constantinople, 1204-1261,   pp. 186-233 PDF (13.5 MB)


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Ch. VI THE LATIN EMPIRE OF CONSTANTINOPLE 233 
preferred the turban of the sultan to the cardinal's hat. After 1261 the
restored Byzantine empire, with its pretensions to world rule undimmed, remained
nothing but a Balkan state, shorn of its territories and its resources, plundered
and weak. When it eventually fell to the Turks in its spiritual heirs, the
Russians, who had absorbed the Orthodox distaste for the west, attributed
its fall to the agreement its emperor had made with the papacy at Ferrara-Florence.
Since Constantinople had been punished for its abandonment of orthodoxy,
Moscow and Moscow alone, so its churchmen insisted, was the only possessor
of the truth. In a very real sense we may trace back to the atrocities of
the Fourth Crusade and the persecutions of the period of Latin rule at Byzantium
a breach between the Orthodox world and the west that is far from healed
in our own day. 


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