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2 Byzantium: Sovereignty and Legitimacy

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The Gattilusio lordships occupy an important position in the development of Latin regimes in the erstwhile Byzantine world that owed their original foundation to Byzantine authority. Their integration into the Byzantine network must be understood both from the imperial point of view, in terms of the motives and wider trends which favoured the territorial concessions that created the lordships, and from that of the Gattilusio themselves, in terms of the incentives which underpinned their enduring attachment to Byzantium. The Gattilusio were encouraged to maintain their commitment to the empire by the advantages which the Byzantine connection brought them in terms of establishing the legitimacy of their rule in the eyes of their subjects, and thus avoiding the upheavals which had troubled or destroyed other Latin regimes in the Aegean.

Keywords: Aegean World; Byzantium; Gattilusio; Latin regimes; legitimacy; sovereignty



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