Boris Fajfrić

Latin Invasion on Constantinopole

pages: 565-580


Crusades were a series of religious expeditionary wars with the stated goal of restoring Christian access to the holy places in and near Jerusalem. When the Holy City fell to the Saracens again, during Saladin, Western Christians started the Third Crusade, which ended ignominiously. After that, the Fourth Crusade was organized. The Crusaders, however, instead of operating through Egypt, which would be a better position, went to Constantinople in order to put the young Alexius Angelus, son of the deposed emperor Isaac on the imperial throne. He would, in return, pay them a large sum of money. When the Crusaders, before the walls of the Byzantine capital, found out that Alexis had no money, they conquered Constantinople. The Crusaders sacked the city amid horrendous rape and murder. After three days of riots, they established the Latin Kingdom.






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