This article examines attempts over the past 200 years to account for the diversion of the fourth crusade to constantinople and its sack of the city in 1204. The fourth crusade and the sack of constantinople is a useful book because it details the extent to which the crusades targeted christians and did so in the name of god in the final analysis, there is not much to admire in the notion of a crusade, and we should be on our guard whenever we hear someone call for one. A result of the disastrous fourth crusade, constantinople found itself looted by the very crusaders supposedly sent to help it the story behind the betrayal fittingly reads like a greek tragedy, with a hint of old roman satire thrown in for good measure. The armies of the 4th crusade do not go to constantinople, but instead are transported to syria/palestine as originally planned alternate history discussion quick nav forums discussion alternate history discussion: before 1900 fourth crusade discussion in 'alternate history discussion: before what are the odds of two fourth.
The main objectives that will be covered here are the events leading up to the sack of constantinople in a brief and concise manner, and whether or not the fourth crusade should even be considered a crusade. Conquest of constantinople by the crusaders in 1204 constantinople was 874 years old at the time of the fourth crusade, as well as being the largest and most sophisticated city in christendom  alone amongst medieval urban centres, it retained the civic structures, public baths, forums. The capture of constantinople by the armies of the fourth crusade was one of the most remarkable episodes in medieval history one of their number wrote, ‘no history could ever relate marvels greater than those as far as the fortunes of war are concerned.
Students will identify, analyze, understand and be able to explain the story behind the fourth crusade and the sack of constantinople in 1204. The fourth crusade and the sack of constantinople is an outstanding stand-alone history, but i would recommend reading it along with some other crusade histories, as i did thomas asbridge's the first crusade is an excellent companion piece to this history, as is thomas madden's new concise history of the crusades. The fourth crusade, alexios iii and the sack of constantinople (lecture 20) the crusades and the discussion of events that would lead to the fall of byzantium and the fall of constantinople(i. I to begin, the study is based on the events of the fourth crusade a in the past, there have not been many in-depth studies comparing the personal experiences of men who fought in the fourth crusade b there are many questions that arise from a discussion of personal experiences.
Wasn't venice's intention all along to re-direct the fourth crusade along the adriatic and to constantinople i thought venice had assured the ayyubids that the crusade would never make it to egypt because venice did good trade with each other. Role of the papacy in the 4th crusade the fourth crusade was one of the most astonishing turn of events during the middle ages each crusade was called for one purpose, to reconquer the holy land from the muslims. Therefore an unexpected consequence of the fourth crusade was the diminishing reputation of certain groups within latin christendom as a result of the evil deeds committed while on crusade, and the improved standing in the eyes of the papal curia of those who had previously been considered dangerous outsiders.
Fourth crusade was more 'crusaders can't pay, venice needs its money back, a claiment to the imperial throne offered them a deal that went to shit, and the crusaders ruined venetian-byzantine attempts to make a deal to fix it (by literally rushing the emperor when he was talking with the doge. The fourth crusade and the latin empire of constantinople pope innocent iii was the first pope since urban ii to be both eager and able to make the crusade a major papal concern in 1198 he called a new crusade through legates and encyclical letters. Villehardouin and robert de clari are the most important authorities for the fourth crusade the first was one of the leaders and gave an official, inspired account the second was one of the poorer knights and is especially useful as he told what the bulk of the army knew and thought, and enables us to check the statements of villehardouin.
The fourth crusade (1202–1204), also known as the byzantine crusade, was originally designed to conquer muslim jerusalem through an invasion of egypt instead, in april 1204, the crusaders of the west invaded and conquered the christian (eastern orthodox) city of constantinople, capital of the. This book is a an account by one of the leaders of the fourth crusade which set out for the holy land in 1202 but never arrived instead, in 1204 the crusaders attacked constantinople the seat of the eastern orthodox church. Start studying the fourth crusade learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools papal legates in the armies which led to more discussion about morality and crusader actions electoral council of 6 venetians and 6 frenchmen elected baldwin of flanders the new emperor of the latin empire of constantinople.
The fourth crusade from the beginning is a story intensifying from one scandalous decision to another cumulating in the unimaginable attack on this “second rome” david nicolle’s work the fourth crusade 1202-04: the betrayal of byzantium attempts to deliver a discussion of this controversial conquest in an installment of the osprey. The fourth crusade was a disaster for the unity of christianity the rivalry between the roman catholic church (and backed by the various kingdoms) in the west and the greek orthodox church (and backed by the greek byzantine empire) in the east had been simmering for two centuries.
14 for a full discussion of all these interpretations, see: angold, ‘road to 1204: the byzantine background to the fourth crusade’ 15 van millingen, byzantine constantinople, 40—58 16 van millingen, byzantine constantinople, 59—73. The siege and sack of constantinople occurred in april 1204 and marked the culmination of the fourth crusade mutinous crusader armies captured, looted, and destroyed parts of constantinople , the capital of the byzantine empire. When he refuses, they attack the city, alexios v flees, and the sack of constantinople follows soon after geoffrey of villehardouin was a first-hand participant in the crusade and wrote an account which lays out the whole disaster in detail.