Isaac II Angelos Declares Son Alexius IV Angelos Co-Emperor

Isaac II Angelos Declares Son Alexius IV Angelos Co-Emperor

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Isaac II Angelos, restored Eastern Roman Emperor, declares his son Alexius IV Angelos co-emperor after pressure from the forces of the Fourth Crusade. Alexius IV had been exiled when his uncle, Alexius III, overthrew Isaac II.

Alexius IV then made a deal with the Fourth Crusade: get rid of Alexius III in exchange for Byzantine support for the Crusade. The Crusaders keep their side of the bargain: Alexios III was completely unprepared for an assault by fellow Christians and has to flee to Mosynopolis in Thrace.

Alexius IV Angelos soon learns, however, that there aren't enough resources in the Byzantine treasure for him to keep his side of the arrangement. Over the next year the Crusaders will grow tired of waiting and decide to take control of the city themselves.

Thomas Morosini of Venice will be installed as patriarch, making him the first Latin Patriarch of Constantinople. This attempt to force unity between the Eastern and Western churches actually does more to increase their mutual hostility.

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