he basic feature characterising the field of Law in the Late Byzantine period is the infiltration of canon law into the secular system of justice, and that because the Church recovered more rapidly than did the secular authorities from the state's submission to the crusaders.
During this time the Emperors did not legislate. The only laws enacted were those concerning the reorganisation of the courts, otherwise legal literature in general offers nothing new.
This period, in spite of the great number of legal
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The most outstanding works, however, are those of George Gemistos Plethon, among which are two advisory memoranda on Peloponnesian affairs addressed to the Emperor Manuel II Palaiologos, and the Nomon Syngraphe, ("Book of Laws") which was written in imitation of Plato's work of the same name. In this book, Plethon sets down what he believes should be the "Constitution" of the ideal state, in which Aristotelian philosophy provides the basis for the regeneration of the Empire.