Today in History: July 17 odds and ends

Today marks the anniversary of the day that the Fourth Crusade, fourth of a series of pan-Christian military expeditions meant to drive Muslims out of the eastern Mediterranean and bring its holy sites under Christian control while also providing breathing room for the hard pressed Byzantine Empire, captured Constantinople and sent the Byzantine Emperor Alexios… Continue reading Today in History: July 17 odds and ends

Today in European history: the Fourth Crusade sacks Constantinople (1204)

The Fourth Crusade, as I’ve occasionally hinted at, is for me, in many ways, the Crusadiest of all the Crusades. Sure, the First Crusade actually achieved its goal, which you can’t really say about any of the others in any serious sense, and other Crusades produced quintessential Crusading figures like Richard the Lionheart and Saint… Continue reading Today in European history: the Fourth Crusade sacks Constantinople (1204)

Today in European history: the Fourth Crusade sacks Constantinople (1204)

The Fourth Crusade, as I’ve occasionally hinted at, is for me, in many ways, the Crusadiest of all the Crusades. Sure, the First Crusade actually achieved its goal, which you can’t really say about any of the others in any serious sense, and other Crusades produced quintessential Crusading figures like Richard the Lionheart and Saint… Continue reading Today in European history: the Fourth Crusade sacks Constantinople (1204)

Today in European history: the Fourth Crusade sacks Constantinople (1204)

The Fourth Crusade, as I’ve occasionally hinted at, is for me, in many ways, the Crusadiest of all the Crusades. Sure, the First Crusade actually achieved its goal, which you can’t really say about any of the others in any serious sense, and other Crusades produced quintessential Crusading figures like Richard the Lionheart and Saint… Continue reading Today in European history: the Fourth Crusade sacks Constantinople (1204)

Today in History: the Crusades approach their ironic apogee (1203)

Today marks the 812th anniversary of the day that the Fourth Crusade, fourth of a series of pan-Christian military expeditions meant to drive Muslims out of the eastern Mediterranean and bring its holy sites under Christian control while also providing breathing room for the hard pressed Byzantine Empire, captured Constantinople and sent the Byzantine Emperor… Continue reading Today in History: the Crusades approach their ironic apogee (1203)

Today in History: July 17 odds and ends

Today marks the anniversary of the day that the Fourth Crusade, fourth of a series of pan-Christian military expeditions meant to drive Muslims out of the eastern Mediterranean and bring its holy sites under Christian control while also providing breathing room for the hard pressed Byzantine Empire, captured Constantinople and sent the Byzantine Emperor Alexios… Continue reading Today in History: July 17 odds and ends