Aquinas's thought represented an advance in the understanding and elucidation of Christian teaching, of which the Byzantines were now incapable. They introduced Latin methodology into the mainstream of Byzantine thinking. They also established enduring links with the Dominicans, who at last began to exert an influence on members of the Byzantine elite. The Kydones brothers ended the church of Constantinople's insulation from Latin influence, which was a consequence of the reaction against the union of Lyons and was then reinforced by the Palamite victory
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