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The Status Of The Patriarch Of Constantinople After The Fourth Crusade

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In schism the object of polemic or of negotiation in hope of a union, the patriarch’s status in the unhoped-for union became concrete and wanted definition. The letters of Popes Innocent III (1198–1216) and Honorius III (1216–1227) reveal how the popes understood the role and power of the patriarch in theory and how they treated the patriarch in practice. This chapter focuses on the theory and practice, and on two popes, Innocent and Honorius. In their correspondence with Latin Greece, Innocent and Honorius display divergent personalities: Innocent’s letters reveal an interest in explaining the motivations and underpinnings of his decisions, while Honorius is more matter-of-fact, treating issues without as much rhetorical flourish. When it comes to letters concerning the patriarch of Constantinople, Innocent prefaces his decisions with explorations of the patriarch’s status, while Honorius’ arengae do not reach such great heights.

Keywords: Constantinople; Honorius III; Innocent III; patriarch; popes; schism



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