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DESPOTISM, government. That abuse of government, where the sovereign power is not divided, but united in the hands of a single man, whatever may be his official title. It is not, properly, a form of government. Toull. Dr. Civ. Fr. tit. prel. n. 32; Rutherf Inst. b. 1, c. 20, Sec. 1. Vide Tyranny; Tyrant.

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takes into consideration many different types of evidence (letters, homilies, archives, accounts of travellers) from Byzantine, Ottoman, and Western sources, and focuses her study onto three distinct geographic areas (examined separately in the three main Parts of the book): Thessalonike, which was the second most important city of Byzantium, Constantinople, and the Despotate of Morea.
Modern Sparta is a charming provincial capital; a few miles to the west, in the foothills of the Taygetos range, lie the ruins of Mistra, once capital of the Byzantine Despotate of the Morea.
He places his latest novel, Despot i 6rtva (Despot and Victim), in the despotate of Serbia in the fifteenth century, almost a hundred years after the battle of Kosovo.