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The Latin Empire of Constantinople, under which name the political construction that ensued from the conquest of the capital of the Byzantine Empire by a Western crusading army in 1204 is known in literature, has often been treated in contemporary historiography in a rather step-motherly manner. Up to this very day there has been no modern monograph on the political history of this empire, such as that in existence for Nicaea and Epiros. Rather, as a consequence of this, until now knowledge about the Latin Empire in this domain has remained somewhat superficial. It is the intention that this book provides a contribution to remedying this unsatisfactory situation. A practical difficulty facing the execution of this chapter was that of language. The study of a highly international theme such as the Latin Empire means that the sources and literature available to us are in a large number of different languages.

Keywords: Byzantine empire; language issues; Latin empire



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