Henry of Flanders Crowned Emperor of Latin Empire Known as Byzantine Empire Hot

Henry of Flanders Crowned Emperor of Latin Empire Known as Byzantine Empire

Henry of Flanders enters Constantinople
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Henry of Flanders is crowned Emperor of the Latin Empire, formerly the Byzantine Empire, after the death of his older brother Baldwin I.

Henry was one of the leading generals of the Fourth Crusade and made a name for himself during the Siege of Constantinople in 1204.

Henry of Flanders will prove to be a fairly wise and successful ruler. In particular, he is far more fair in his treatment of the Greeks than other Latin leaders. In fact, when Cardinal Bishop Pelagio Galvani of Albano arrives as papal legate in 1213, he starts imprisoning Orthodox clergy and shutting down churches on the orders of Pope Innocent III. Henry, however, listens to the complaints of Constantinople's Greek clergy and orders everything restored.

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