Michael VIII Drives Latin Rulers Out of Constantinople, Reestablishes Eastern Orthodox Rule

Michael VIII Drives Latin Rulers Out of Constantinople, Reestablishes Eastern Orthodox Rule

Michael VIII Palaeologus
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Michael VIII Palaeologus (1224-1282) finally drives the Latin rulers out of Constantinople and reestablishes Eastern Orthodox rule after 50 years.

To solidify his own position he has John IV Lascaris, last of the Lascaris line and his co-emperor, blinded and thus rendered ineligible to be emperor.

The Latin Empire of Constantinople was established after soldiers of the Fourth Crusade sacked Constantinople in 1204, but it's never been very secure. The last Latin emperor of Constantinople, Baldwin II, has very little money and spends a lot of his time begging from various royal courts in Europe.

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