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ndreas Palaiologos From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to navigationJump to search For other people by this name, see Andreas Palaiologos (disambiguation). Andreas Palaiologos Andreas Palaiologos portrait.png Probable portrait of Andreas as part of Pinturicchio's St Catherine's Disputation (1491) in the Hall of the Saints in the Borgia Apartments, Vatican Palace Emperor of Constantinople (titular) 1st reign 13 April 1483 – 6 November 1494 Predecessor Constantine XI Palaiologos Successor Charles VIII of France (purchased titles) 2nd reign 7 April 1498 – June 1502 Predecessor Charles VIII of France Despot of the Morea (titular) Reign 12 May 1465 – June 1502 Predecessor Thomas Palaiologos Successor Fernando Palaiologos Constantine Arianiti (both self-proclaimed) Born 17 January 1453 Morea Died June 1502 (aged 49) Rome Burial St. Peter's Basilica, Rome Spouse Caterina Dynasty Palaiologos Father Thomas Palaiologo s Mother Catherine Zaccaria Andreas Palaiologos or Palaeologus (Greek: ?νδρ?ας Παλαιολ?γος; 17 January 1453 – June 1502), sometimes anglicized to Andrew, was the eldest son of Thomas Palaiologos, Despot of the Morea. Thomas was a brother of Constantine XI Palaiologos, the final Byzantine emperor. After his father's death in 1465, Andreas was recognized as the titular Despot of the Morea and from 1483 onwards, he also claimed the title Emperor of Constantinople (Latin: Imperator Constantinopolitanus). After the Fall of Constantinople in 1453 and the subsequent Ottoman invasion of the Morea in 1460, Andreas's father fled to Corfu with his family. After Thomas died in 1465, the then twelve-year-old Andreas moved to Rome and, as the eldest nephew of Constantine XI, became the head of the Palaiologos family and the chief claimant to the ancient imperial throne. Andreas's later use o f the imperial title, never claimed by his father, was supported by some of the Byzantine refugees who lived in Italy and he hoped to one day restore the empire of his ancestors. Andreas married a Roman woman called Caterina. Though some primary sources allude to the possibility that he had children, there is no concrete evidence that Andreas left any descen