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87 On his return he came to Prusa; then leaving Prusa, he crossed the straits to Adnanople where he made the following pronouncement t o Emperor John, “If I expelled Emperor 88 Decline and Fall of Byzantium Manuel from the City, I did this not for your salre but for mine. If you wish to be my friend, then leave the City aiid I will grant you any province you desire. ” When Bayazid had sent this wrathful message which was followed by similar warnings, the Constantinopolitans placed their hopes in God.
8. Emperor Manuel, in despair because there was no help whatsoever from anyone, wrote to the pope, the king of France, and t h e kral of Hungary,73 informing them of the blockade and the City’s desperate condition. He warned that if aid and assistance were not forthcoming quickly, the City would be surrendered to the enemies of the Christian faith. The nilem of the western nations were moved t o pity by these words and armed themselves to oppose the enemies of the Cross. With L 82 83 t Decline and Fall of Byzantium Doukas the coming of spring the king of Flanders,74 many Englishmen, the nobles of Rance, and many Italians came to Hungary.
Once Bayazid had abolished the many principalities from Asia-I refer t o Bithynia and Phrygia, Mysia and Cariaand became sole ruler, he turned his attention against the City. First, he dispatched ambassadors to the emperor demanding that he pay tribute and that, in addition, he send one of his sons with one hundred soldiers t o campaign with Bayazid. When the emperor received no support from any of the kings, aristocrats, or demarchs, 66 he acquiesced. More than once Emperor Manuel was sent by his father Emperor John, with a hundred armed Roman troops, to campaign in the service of Bayazid when he was fighting against the Turks in Pamphylia.
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