The Fourth Crusade and the Sack of Constantinople

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Penguin, Mar 29, 2005 - History - 400 pages
In 1202, zealous Western Christians gathered in Venice determined to liberate Jerusalem from the grip of Islam. But the crusaders never made it to the Holy Land. Steered forward by the shrewd Venetian doge, they descended instead on Constantinople, wreaking terrible devastation. The crusaders spared no one: They raped and massacred thousands, plundered churches, and torched the lavish city. By 1204, one of the great civilizations of history had been shattered. Here, on the eight hundredth anniversary of the sack, is the extraordinary story of this epic catastrophe, told for the first time outside of academia by Jonathan Phillips, a leading expert on the crusades. Knights and commoners, monastic chroniclers, courtly troubadours, survivors of the carnage, and even Pope Innocent III left vivid accounts detailing the events of those two fateful years. Using their remarkable letters, chronicles, and speeches, Phillips traces the way in which any region steeped in religious fanaticism, in this case Christian Europe, might succumb to holy war.
 

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Contents

The Origins and Preaching of the Fourth Crusade 118799
Abbot Martins Crusade Sermon Basel Cathedral May 1200
The Tournament at Écry November 1199
The Treaty of Venice April 1201
Final Preparations and Leaving Home May 1201June 1202
The Crusade at Venice and the Siege of Zara summer and autumn 1202
The Offer from Prince Alexius December 1202May 1203
The Crusade Arrives at Constantinople June 1203
CHAPTER TWO
CHAPTER THREE
CHAPTER FOUR
CHAPTER FIVE
CHAPTER SIX
CHAPTER SEVEN
CHAPTER EIGHT
CHAPTER NINE

The First Siege of Constantinople July 1203
Triumph and Tensions at Constantinople JulyAugust 1203
The Great Fire of August 1203
The Murder of Alexius IV and the Descent into War early 1204
The Conquest of Constantinople April 1204
The Sack of Constantinople April 1204
The End of the Fourth Crusade and the Early Years of the Latin Empire 12045
The Fate of the Latin Empire 120661
The science of war if not practised beforehand cannot be gained when it becomes necessary
INTRODUCTION
CHAPTER ONE
CHAPTER TEN
CHAPTER ELEVEN
CHAPTER TWELVE
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
CHAPTER FOURTEEN
CHAPTER FIFTEEN
CHAPTER SIXTEEN
AFTERWORD
PRIMARY SOURCES
SECONDARY MATERIAL
Copyright

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Jonathan Phillips, a senior lecturer in medieval history at Royal Holloway, University of London, is the author of a number of books on the crusades, including Defenders of the Holy Land and The Crusades: 1095–1197. Phillips’s articles have appeared in BBC History, History Today, and the Independent.  Phillips is a frequent guest on Radio 4 and BBC World Service, as well as England’s Channel 4, the BBC, The History Channel, and PBS.

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