Latins (Middle Ages)

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The name Latin was in the Middle Ages a common demonym among the followers of the Latin Church of Western Christianity.[1] It derived from the Italic tribe who in antiquity developed ancient Roman civilization. The name was used irrespective of ethnicity, including by Germanic, Italic and Slavic peoples.[1] In the Byzantine Empire, and the broader Greek Orthodox world, Latins was an exonym for all people who followed Roman Catholic Christianity. It was generally a negative characterization, especially after the 1054 schism.[2] Thus the people associated with the states created during the Crusades were generally referred to as Latins or Franks.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c "Distinguishing the terms: Latins and Romans". Orbis Latinus.
  2. ^ Ostrogorski, Georgije (1969). History of the Byzantine State. Rutgers University Press. ISBN 0813511984.