Baldwin of Flanders Crowned First Latin Emperor of Constantinople Hot

Baldwin of Flanders Crowned First Latin Emperor of Constantinople

Baldwin of Flanders
Source: Renardeau

Baldwin of Flanders, one of the most important figures of the Fourth Crusade, is crowned the first Latin Emperor of Constantinople and thus of the Byzantine Empire in a ceremony in the Hagia Sophia. He adopts the name Baldwin I of Constantinople and French is made the official language.

Boniface of Montferrat, the leader of the Fourth Crusade, goes on to capture the city of Thessalonica (second-largest Byzantine city) and founds the Kingdom of Thessalonica. Baldwin had been chosen to take the throne of Constantinople over Boniface because Baldwin is especially pious as well as particularly popular among the soldiers of the Fourth Crusade.

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