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The principal contributors to the development of the Gattilusio lordships were the interactions between a long-established and formerly overwhelmingly dominant network whose dramatic decline had created the fragmented Aegean world, two others created by more recent interlopers which embodied the forces which had brought that world into being, and a fourth whose emergence and development brought that world to an end with the establishment of a new hegemony. The Gattilusio lordships were entangled with each of them, exemplifying the compatibility between diverse affiliations which the environment of the late medieval Aegean promoted, while erecting their small network of power from the components which that environment offered. The community of Latin Christendom was the network which had done to create the political division and diversity of the Aegean world by shattering its former unity, and then to sustain that state of affairs by opposing the efforts of others to reunite it.

Keywords: Aegean world; Byzantium; Gattilusio lordships; Latin Christendom

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