The Emergence of the West

When in November 1437 a delegation of some 700 Byzantine dignitaries headed by the emperor and the patriarch left Constantinople for the Concilium of Ferrara-Florence, everyone knew that the theological disputes that had led to the Schism would not be easily resolved. There was no way that the Orthodox world would be convinced about the noble intensions of the Catholics since 1204 was still fresh in memory and the Franks were known to be oppressive wherever they settled. Continue reading “The Emergence of the West”