The Fourth Crusade 1202–04

The betrayal of Byzantium

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The Fourth Crusade 1202–04

The betrayal of Byzantium

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The Fourth Crusade was the first and most famous of the 'diverted' crusades, that is, ones diverted from their originally intended target. It was also the first to be directed against a fellow Christian, though Orthodox, state. Initially preached (from 1198 onwards) as a campaign against Ayyubid Egypt, which was correctly seen as the most potent threat to the Latin or 'Crusader' Kingdom of Jerusalem, its first Christian target was the city of Zadar in what is now Croatia. The greater part of the crusading army then attacked the Byzantine capital of Constantinople, again as part of their obligations to Venice. The result was a siege and the first capture of that great city in 1203. This title will highlight all the intrigue, deception, and betrayal of this tumultuous Crusade.

Table of Contents

Introduction /Chronology /Opposing commanders /Opposing forces /Opposing plans /The campaign /Aftermath /The battlefields today /Further reading /Index

Product details

Published Aug 23 2011
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781849083195
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 40 b/w; 43 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Campaign
Short code CAM 237
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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David Nicolle

David Nicolle is Visiting Research Fellow at the I…

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Christa Hook

CHRISTA HOOK began her illustrating career in 1986…

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