By Raffaele D'Amato
After the recapture of Constantinople, Emperor Michael VIII Palaiologos was resolute to deliver glory again to the Byzantine Empire. to accomplish this, he validated an Imperial Fleet and raised new regiments of elite marine troops. This paintings presents a entire, illustrated advisor to the unit historical past and visual appeal of those males, who have been on the leading edge of the final nice flourish of Byzantine naval energy. They received victory after victory in campaigns in the course of the 1260s-70s, and even though successive classes of decline and partial resurrection undefined, those marine devices survived until eventually the final glints of Byzantine resistance have been extinguished. Drawing upon early literary resources, the wealthy proof of interval illuminated manuscripts, frescoes and different iconography, Raffaele DAmato information the lasting legacy of the swansong of Byzantine naval strength.
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Moffatt & M. Tall (Canberra, 2012) Doukas/Ducae – Michaelis Ducae Nepotis, Istoria Bizantina, ed. I. Bekker (Bonn, 1834), XXIV Doukas, Decline and Fall of Byzantium to the Ottoman Turks, ed. J. , ‘Imperatoris Michaelis Palaeologi. De vita sua’, in Byzantion 29–30 (1959–60) Gregoras – Nicephori Gregorae Byzantina Historia, ed. L. Schopen, 3 vols, CSHB (Bonn, 1829–55) Gregoras – Rhomäische Geschichte. Historia Rhomaike: Erster Teil: Kapitel I–VII: TEIL I, ed. P. Wirth (Stuttgart, 1973) Gregoras, Rhomäische Geschichte.
The Latin flagship would have been captured but for a serious misjudgement by the Imperial captains: thinking that it could not possibly escape, they turned away to complete the destruction of other warships, and it somehow limped away. Nevertheless, half the Tocco forces were captured, among them many from noble families including one of Carlo's nephews. Galata Shortly after this Imperial victory, the Genoese Republic prepared a fleet with the help of resources from the Genoese residents of Galata – or Pera – the foreign quarter that faced Constantinople across the Golden Horn.
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Byzantine Naval Forces 1261-1461: The Roman Empire’s Last Marines by Raffaele D'Amato