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The Imperial Ideology

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This chapter examines whether, and if so how, the political frames of reference - the Western ideas, the Byzantine heritage, and the specific Christian mission of the empire - that were present in embryo in the agreements of 1204-1205, were employed or elaborated upon by the Latin emperors in the ideological founding and legitimizing of their authority. It shows two explanations for the partial adoption of the central concepts of the Byzantine imperial ideology, to some extent adapted to a Western frame of reference. Firstly, emulating the Byzantine predecessors was without doubt intended to create legitimacy in the eyes of the local Byzantine elite and population in order to gain their support, and to avoid there being a feeling of alienation between Latin monarch and Byzantine subject. A second explanation for the adoption of the Byzantine imperial ideology is that this provided a basis upon which a powerful imperial authority could be developed.

Keywords: Byzantine heritage; Christian mission; imperial ideology; Latin monarch; Western ideas

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