Title, Chronicon majus Chronicon minus Volume of Patrologiae cursus completus : Series graeca. Author, Georges Phranzes. Publisher, Apud J.-P. Get this from a library! [Chronicon minus ] The fall of the Byzantine: a chronicle. [ Georgius, Sphrantzes.; Marios Philippides]. Get this from a library! Chronicon minus. Chronicon maius. Memorii ; Chronic [Georgius, Sphrantzes.; Macarius Melissenus].
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George Sphrantzesalso Phrantzes or Phrantza Greek: He was an eyewitness of the Fall of Constantinople inmade a slave by the victorious Turks, but ransomed shortly afterwards. It was while a monk he wrote his history, which ends with the notice of Sultan Mehmed II ‘s attempt to capture Naupaktoswhich he dates to the summer of ; Sphrantzes is assumed to have died not long after that chronlcon.
He was born in Constantinopleduring the Turkish blockade of that city; his godmother was the nun Thomais. When they arrived in the Morea, Constantine made him governor of Glarentzaand Sphrantzes assisted Constantine in the latter’s efforts to conquer the remainder of the Morea, but was captured 26 March in a skirmish outside of Patras and held prisoner until his relationship to Constantine was recognized, and he was paroled back to the Byzantine side to negotiate surrender of the citadel.
After this point, Sphrantzes was a key supporter of Constantine. He attempted to secure Athens for his master in ;  he negotiated Constantine’s second marriage with Caterina Gattilusio in ;  he was appointed prefect of Mistras in ;  and most importantly he was sent on an embassy to Georgia and the Empire of Trebizond in search of a third wife for Emperor Constantine.
Despite being involved in the defense of the city, George Sphrantzes’ account of the siege and capture of Constantinople in lacks much detail. About the death of Emperor Constantine, he writes simply, “in this capture my late master and emperor, Lord Constantine, was killed.
I was not at his side at that hour but had been inspecting another part of the City, according to his orders. He managed to go to Adrianople inransom his wife, and return to the Morea, while evading the Sultan Mehmed. By Helena, he had five children, of whom two sons died in infancy, a third son Alexios died at the age of 5, while John and his only daughter Thamar lived to adulthood; the Emperor Constantine was godfather to both John and Thamar.
However, before Sphrantzes could ransom them from the Mir Ahor, the Sultan learned of them and bought them.
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It is a very valuable authority for the events of his own times. The distinctive traits of his work are loyalty to the Palaiologoi — Sphrantzes often exaggerated their merits and suppressed their defects — hatred of the Turksand devotion to Orthodoxy. There are editions by I. Bekker in the Corpus scriptorum hist.
MignePatrologia graecacivi. The most recent critical edition of Sphrantzes is by Vasile Grecu Bucharest,which appeared with a Romanian translation. Sphrantzes was also translated into German fhroniconand into English by Marios Philippides Amherst, There is an edition with Italian translation by R. For centuries it was believed that Sphrantzes wrote two works, one the Minor Chronicle and the other the Major Chronicle.
The Major Chronicle is more detailed particularly about the siege of Constantinople. But, beginning inthe research of such scholars as J.
Why Melissenos selected Sphrantzes to elaborate and expand upon is not clear. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. A Chronicle by George Sphrantzes, Amherst: University of Massachusetts,p.