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The friend of the Latins

Byzantium and the Crusades

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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... Italy courted Manuel’s friendship, giving him ample scope to achieve his aims without incurring resentment.Harris and Tolstoy, 2012, p. 308; Magdalino, 1993, pp. 62–3. In the East, the balance of power was similarly shifted by Nur ed-Din’s...

The Latin interlude

Constantinople : Capital of Byzantium

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...According to legend, shortly after Constantinople had been inaugurated in 330, Constantine the Great consulted a famous astrologer, Vettius Valens, to discover how...

Iron not gold

Byzantium and the Crusades

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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... that Barbarossa was planning an attack on the empire in revenge.Kinnamos, 1976, pp. 61, 154, 165–7; Choniates, 1984, pp. 37, 113; Harris and Tolstoy, 2012, pp. 308–11. Now, a quarter of a century later, information emerged that envoys...

‘Two thirds of the wealth of this world’

Constantinople : Capital of Byzantium

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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... perfume, candles and, above all, garments of silk and work in ivory and in precious metal, such as golden altarpieces and bronze doors. Book of the Eparch in Freshfield 1938: 21–7, 29–35; Smith 2015: 29; Lopez 1945: 6–7; Harris...

The God-guarded city

Constantinople : Capital of Byzantium

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...The deeds of Constantine and Justinian were not the only ingredients in the potent myth of the Queen of Cities. Another boast that the Byzantines of 1200 were proud to make to visitors was that the city had never been taken...

Indian summer

Constantinople : Capital of Byzantium

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...The capture of Constantinople by the Fourth Crusade in April 1204 removed from power at a stroke both the Angelos dynasty and those who had served it. Niketas Choniates, who had been a minister to both...

The passage of the First Crusade

Byzantium and the Crusades

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...Urban II could hardly have formulated a more potent appeal to the Western nobility gathered at Clermont in November 1095. Central authority was weak in western Europe in the eleventh century, and local warfare and sporadic violence were...

The empire of Christ

Byzantium and the Crusades

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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... the seaward sides, making assault by sea equally daunting.Skylitzes, 2010, p. 37; Choniates, 1984, p. 117; Harris, 2007, pp. 42–7. Thanks to these defences, Constantinople had withstood numerous sieges over the centuries. One of the most...

The rivers of Babylon

Byzantium and the Crusades

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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... the Byzantine political system vis-à-vis that of the West.Choniates, 1984, pp. 225–6, 262, 322; Barker, 1957, p. 156; Angold, 1997, p. 314; Harris, 2000, pp. 30–1; Angelov, 2007, pp. 40–1; Wright, 2011, pp. 70–2. Secondly, the adoption...

Outsiders

Constantinople : Capital of Byzantium

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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... mosques could be traded for something that the Byzantines valued, usually control of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Constantine VII Porphyrogenitos 1967: 93; Choniates 1984: 303; Hamdani 1974: 173; Harris 2012a: 105, 110....