Saturday, November 17, 2012

Byzantium and the Crusades: book review

Byzantium and the Crusades Jonathan Harris London, Hambledon and London Books, 2002, ISBN: 1852852984; 277pp.; Price: £19.95:
On 13 April 1204 the western or Latin armies participating in the Fourth Crusade conquered Constantinople, the capital of Byzantium. The approaching 800th anniversary of that event has generated renewed interest in the background, context and impact of that crusade, expressed in several new studies and in conferences. The initial goal of the Fourth Crusade was the re-establishment of Christian rule over Jerusalem, lost to Sultan Saladin of Egypt in 1187. Instead, it ended with the capture of the capital of a Christian state that had withstood all previous sieges and assaults. 
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