"To surrender the city to you is beyond my authority or anyone else’s who lives in it, for all of us, after taking the mutual decision, shall die out of free will without sparing our lives." -Constantine XI Palaiologos
February 8, 1404- Born today was the last Byzantine, and therefore Roman, Emperor, Constantine XI Palaiologos. The eight of ten children, he was never expected to take the throne, but was chosen by his mother Helena after the death of his childless brother. Though his reign was short, he was positively seen by his contemporaries and his image was maintained through the centuries into the present day. Constantine is one the “sleeping kings”, said to return one day and retake his lost city for Christianity.
Picture- Statue of Constantine XI Palaiologos in Athens