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Constantine XI Palaiologos

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'''Constantine XI Palaeiologos''', or '''Palaeologos''' (Gr: ''Κωνσταντίνος ΙΑ' Δραγάσης Παλαιολόγος''), was the last reigning Byzantine Emperor of the [[Palaiologos Dynasty]] , born 1404 AD in [[Mystras]], and ruled the empire from 1449 until his death in [[May 29]], 1453. {{Inprogress|Ixthis888}}He is also referred to as '''Dragases'''.
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== Brief History ==
Constantine was the son of Emperor Manuel II. He was trained as a soldier and in 1441 conquered the Morea Peninsula of Greece. It had long been under the Frankish principality of '''Achaia''' <ref> '''Achaia''': A state established by the Crusaders. </ref> Constantine was crowned Emperor [[january 6]], 1449 AD succeeding his brother and a little less than five years in 1453 AD was killed during the final assaults by the Turkish Sultan, Mehmed II, advances on Constantinople.
== See also ==
*[[Mystras]]* St. Ypomoni (Patience) ([[May 29]]), ''known as'' '''Helen Dragases''' ''before becoming a nun, she was the wife of Constantine XI Palaiologos''. She was a monastic for over 25 years, entering after the death of her husband, and died 1450. Her icon is found at the Monastery of St. Patapios, Loutraki of Korinthos, Greece. == Notes ==<references/>
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