New PDF release: A Companion to Latin Greece

By Nickiphoros I Tsougarakis, Fellow Peter Lock (Au

ISBN-10: 9004284028

ISBN-13: 9789004284029

The conquest of the Byzantine Empire by means of the armies of the Fourth campaign led to the root of numerous Latin political entities within the lands of Greece. The significant other to Latin Greece bargains thematic overviews of the historical past of the combined societies that emerged because of the conquest.
With devoted chapters at the paintings, literature, structure, numismatics, financial system, social and non secular organization and the crusading involvement of those Latin states, the amount bargains an creation to the research of Latin Greece and a sampler of the instructions within which the sphere of study is moving.

Contributors are: Nikolaos Chrissis, Charalambos Gasparis, Anastasia Papadia-Lala, Nicholas Coureas, David Jaccoby, Julian Baker, Gill web page, Maria Georgopoulou and Sophia Kalopissi-Verti.

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9 As regards Genoese presence in the East, indispensable are the numerous contributions of Michel Balard, where references can be found to the dispersed editions of Genoese archival materials. An authoritative overview in Michel Balard, La Romanie génoise (XIIe– début du xve siècle), 2 vols. (Rome, 1978); see also the extensive list of sources and bibliography in idem, Les Latins en Orient (xe–xve siècle) (Paris, 2006), pp. xi–lxxviii, esp. lxvi–lxx. , Regesten der Kaiserurkunden des oströmischen Reiches, 5 vols.

1968). Crusades and Crusaders in Medieval Greece 25 sary, for at least two reasons. The first one is that the crusade, as an analytical tool and as a narrative focus, provides unity to the examination of a world of extreme fragmentation. From the 13th to the 15th century, between the disintegration of the Byzantine Empire and the consolidation of Ottoman control over the Balkans, the area was a complicated patchwork of small states and lordships, Greek, Latin and Turkish. Following the vicissitudes of each one of them is not only a difficult task; it is also inadequate for a deeper understanding of wider developments in the area and further afield.

46 Of more limited scope, but nonetheless containing very interesting information are the writings of pilgrims and other travellers passing through Greece, usually on their way to the Holy Land. Pilgrimage itineraries were a wellestablished and apparently widely-read genre of literature, throughout the Middle Ages. e. the Holy Land) but also the journey. Though these accounts are of limited use for the political history of the Latin states, they are extremely interesting in that they provide us with snapshots of everyday life in these territories from the perspectives of outsiders, thus preserving information that local or official sources often overlook.

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