Constantine XI

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Constantine XI Dragasēs Palaiologos, latinized as Palaeologus (Greek: Κωνσταντίνος ΙΑ' Δραγάσης Παλαιολόγος, Kōnstantinos XI Dragasēs Palaiologos; February 8, 1405[1][2] – May 29, 1453) was the last reigning Byzantine Emperor[3][4][5] from 1449 to his death as member of the Palaiologos dynasty. After his death in battle during the fall of Constantinople, he became a legendary figure in Greek folklore as the "Marble Emperor" who would awaken and recover the Empire and Constantinople from the Turks.[1][6] His death marked the end of the millennium-old Byzantine Empire[7].

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Biography

Constantine was born in Constantinople[2] as the eighth of ten children to Manuel II Palaiologos and Helena Dragaš, the daughter of the Serbian prince Constantine Dragaš. He spent most of his childhood in Constantinople under the supervision of his parents. During the absence of his older brother in Italy, Constantine was regent in Constantinople from 14371440.

Despot of the Morea

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