ABSTRACT

While Gloucester was marching to Edinburgh and back again, a very noble guest from the East, Andrew Palaeologus, nephew of the heroic Emperor Constantine XIII, who had lost his life when Constantinople was captured by the Turks, was being entertained in London by the king. “The Prince of Constantinople,” as Palæologus is designated in the English records, spent a number of months in England, for he seems to have arrived by the end of July, 1482, if not earlier, and to have stayed until the end of November, if not later; and during the whole of his visit Edward gave him twenty pounds a month for his expenses. 1 It would be a natural assumption that the prince came to England in the hope of obtaining aid against the Turks, but there is no actual evidence that his visit had any political significance, and it may be that curiosity was all that brought him to London. On the other hand, a group of strangers, not of princely rank, who reached the English capital while Palæologus was there, had a definite and interesting errand.