- Oct 2011
I have often read that Komnenian Byzantine Empire was overtly centralized and vulnerable, compared to Macedonian period (centralized in a sense that it was dependant on competence of the Emperor). However, I also know that Komneni tried to restore the thematic military model. In fact, from what I have read, pronoia grants were not that different from the way that thematic troops were supported in the time of Nikephoros Phokas and other Macedonian emperors. Why did it fail? Was it simply because of too far progressed feudalization of the Empire, or there were other factors in play?