Paul Palaiologos Tagaris (c. 1330 – after 1394) was a Byzantine Greek
monk, a swindler, and an impostor. A scion of the Tagaris family, Paul
also claimed a—somewhat dubious—connection with the Palaiologos
dynasty that ruled the Byzantine Empire at the time. Married as a
teenager, he left his wife and became a monk, but soon his fraudulent
practices embroiled him in scandal. Fleeing Constantinople, he travelled
widely, from Palestine to Persia and Georgia and eventually, via Ukraine
and Hungary, to Italy, Latin Greece, Cyprus and France. During his long
and tumultuous career, Paul was appointed an Orthodox bishop, sold
ordinations to ecclesiastical offices, pretended to be the Orthodox
Patriarch of Jerusalem, switched from Greek Orthodoxy to Roman
Catholicism and back again, supported both the See of Rome and the
Avignon anti-popes in the Western Schism, and managed to be named Latin
Patriarch of Constantinople. In the end, his deceptions unmasked, he
returned to Constantinople, where he confessed his sins before a synod
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Palaiologos_Tagaris>
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