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Michael VIII Palaeologus, 15 August 1261 - 11 December 1282
Joint rule as Emperor of Nicaea with John IV, August 1258 - 15 August 1261 A.D. Joint rule as senior emperor with Andronicus II (his son), 1272 - 11 December 1282 A.D. Michael VIII was regent for and later co-emperor with the Nicaean Emperor John IV. He defeated the Latin emperor Baldwin II, captured Constantinople and restored the empire. His superb diplomatic skills balanced his enemies against each other. He agreed to union with the Church of Rome, gaining the support of the pope and preventing attack by Charles of Anjou. With the passing of the Byzantine throne to his son Andronicus, he founded the last great Byzantine dynasty.