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Emperor Michael VIII Palaeologus (1259–1822)’s Policy in the Mediterranean


Authors:
Momchil Mladenov

Pages: 438-450
DOI: https://doi.org/10.54664/DGCZ7531

Abstract:

The paper presents some aspects of the Byzantine policy in the Mediterranean during the second half of the 13th Century. Emperor Michael VIII Palaeologus (1259–1282) wanted to restore the Byzantine fleet and for this purpose invested a lot of money. This fleet should become a rival of Venice and Genoa. The efforts of the emperor were parially realized. Оnly part of the Greek Islands were exempt from Latin rule. But Byzantine diplomacy managed to restore its influence in the Western Mediterranean. The Reign of Michael VIII was the last period when Byzantium again rose as a Mediterranean power.

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