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Colonizing ChristianityGreek and Latin Religious Identity in the Era of the Fourth Crusade$
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George E. Demacopoulos

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780823284429

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823284429.001.0001

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The Chronicle of Morea

The Chronicle of Morea

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(p.103) Chapter 6 The Chronicle of Morea
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Colonizing Christianity
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George E. Demacopoulos

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823284429.003.0007

This chapter assesses The Chronicle of Morea, which contains some of the most intriguing aspects of the colonial encounter of the Fourth Crusade. The Chronicles of Morea provides a series of discursive juxtapositions between the Franks and the Greeks. Although it has a very complicated textual history, The Chronicles of Morea tells the multigenerational story of the Frankish Villehardouin dynasty, which ruled the Peloponnese in the centuries after the conquest of 1204. This text reveals not only the way that colonizer and colonized eventually came to work alongside one another but also the way that the prolonged encounter between Greeks and Franks transformed the means by which both understood their sense of identity and religious commitments. It is precisely because of these aspects of this text that the insights of postcolonial analysis help one to understand the many complexities that they convey.

Keywords:   Fourth Crusade, Villehardouin dynasty, Peloponnese, Greeks, Franks, religious commitments, religious identity

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