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At the turn of the thirteenth century the Byzantine empire was going through a deep political crisis. Important elements therein were an upcoming regionalism and separatism in the provinces of the empire, which lead to substantial territorial losses, and a growing lack of loyalty vis-à-vis the imperial authority and the person of the emperor, also in the ranks of the Constantinopolitan imperial elite. In the years after 1204 the Latin emperors were the main advocates of the idea that the Byzantine empire was simply continued under a Latin dynasty and with a partially Latin elite. To a considerable extent they took over elements from Byzantine state symbolism and also as regards content they associated themselves with the Byzantine imperial ideology. Both domestically and on the international level, the Latin empire enjoyed a certain recognition as the legitimate continuation of the Byzantine empire.

Keywords: Byzantine empire; Byzantine imperial ideology; Constantinopolitan imperial elite; Latin elite; Latin emperors; regionalism; separatism; thirteenth century; vis-à-vis



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