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Phranza

or Phranzes (Φραντζῆ or Φραντζῆς). The last and one of the most important of the Byzantine historians. He was frequently employed on important public business by Constantine XIII., the last emperor of Constantinople. On the capture of Constantinople by the Turks in 1453, Phranza was reduced to slavery, but succeeded in making his escape. He subsequently retired to a monastery, where he wrote his Chronicon. This work extends from 1259 to 1477, and is the most valuable authority for the history of the author's time, especially for the capture of Constantinople. It is edited by Alter (Vienna, 1796), and by Bekker, with a Latin translation (Bonn, 1838).

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