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Imperial Authority Within The Empire In Its Entirety

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The constitutional treaties of 1204-1205 describe rather vaguely the emperor's prerogatives vis-à-vis his vassals outside the imperial quarter. The role played by the emperors in the recognition and consequent legitimization of a series of regional rulers in contradiction of the original distribution agreement of 1204, will certainly have contributed to a strengthening of imperial authority. The imperial legitimization made these feudal princes to a certain extent extra dependent on the emperor in Constantinople. Apart from the ad hoc nature of the imperial initiatives, in any event the number of direct imperial representatives whom we are informed about remained limited, and numerous regions continued to be without a representative appointed by the imperial authorities (including Achaea, Euboia, the Cyclades, Crete, Paphlagonia and Prosek).

Keywords:1204-1205; ad hoc nature; emperors; imperial authority; imperial initiatives; imperial legitimization; imperial quarter; vis-à-vis



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