[The notes which form this volume were written at various periods, and have interest independently of the earlier passages, which they were intended to supplement.]
AND LATIN CHURCHES.
The Greek emperor, John Palxologus, with his patriarch, and almost all the other prelates, subscribed at Florence to the long-disputed point of the primacy of the bishop of Rome. The Byzantine history affirms that the pope bribed them to sign this acknowledgment. This is not improbable. It was to the pope's interest to gain this advantage at any price, and the bishops of a country that had been a prey to the ravages of the Turks must have been poor.
This union of the Latins and Greeks was indeed but transitory. It was a game played by the emperor, John II., surnamed Palæologus. The whole Greek Church disowned what had been done; and the bishops who had subscribed at Florence asked pardon for their proceedings at Constantinople, and