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John V Palaeologus, 15 June 1341 - 16 February 1391 A.D.
With Anna of Savoy, his Mother, as Regent, 15 June 1341 - 13 May 1347 A.D. Joint rule as junior emperor with John VI, 13 May 1347 - April 1353 A.D. Sole rule, 22 November 1354 A.D. - 25 Sep 1373 A.D. Joint rule with Manuel II, 25 Sep 1373 - 16 February 1391 A.D.
John V was made emperor three days short of his ninth birthday. Anna of Savoy was appointed regent for her son. After Anna was defeated in a civil war, John V was made junior emperor to his former advisor John VI Cantacuzenus and he married John VI's daughter. John VI ignored his young colleague and in time even replaced him with his own son Matthew. John V Palaeologus obtained Genoese help, overthrew his rivals, took sole rule and banished John Kantakouzenos to a monastery. John V converted to Catholicism in an attempt to obtain aid from the West against the Turks, but even this failed. Without allies, the Byzantine state was forced to become a vassal of the Ottoman Empire, permitted to exist only by the grace of the mighty Sultan.