The spectacle of an Eastern despot apparently advancing on the lines of European progress was in itself as astonishing as new.
As commander in the field in 1257 against Michael Angelus, despot of Epirus, he showed little military capacity.
Palaeologus and his son Theodore, despot of the Morea; W.
In 1204 Baldwin, conqueror of Constantinople, conferred the kingdom of Thessalonica on Boniface, marquis of Montferrat; but in 1222 Theodore, despot of Epirus, one of the natural enemies of the new kingdom, took the city and had himself there crowned by the patriarch of Macedonian Bulgaria.
God is to him an absolute despot, who declares a thing right or wrong from no inherent necessity but by his arbitrary fiat.