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The Imperial Quarter

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To a major extent, the Latin emperors modelled their emperorship ideologically on the Byzantine example, while at the same time significant Western influences were also present. This chapter examines administrative practice in the imperial quarter. Two questions arise in the assignment of a part of the imperial quarter in the form of fiefs: which part of the imperial quarter was assigned and what was the nature of these fiefs? In answering each of these questions the authors assume that there were two phases in the feudalization of the imperial quarter: an initial phase in the years 1204-1205 and a reorganization in the years thereafter. The question arises, applicable both to the feudal principalities in the imperial quarter and to the modest fiefs within the core quarter, as to what status these fiefs possessed, in particular as compared with those lying outside the imperial quarter.

Keywords: administrative practice; Byzantine; feudal principalities; imperial quarter; Latin emperors; modest fiefs



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