The Fourth Crusade: The Conquest of Constantinople

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University of Pennsylvania Press, Sep 2, 1999 - History - 368 pages
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On August 15, 1199, Pope Innocent III called for a renewed effort to deliver Jerusalem from the Infidel, but the Fourth Crusade had a very different outcome from the one he preached. Proceeding no further than Constantinople, the Crusaders sacked the capital of eastern Christendom and installed a Latin ruler on the throne of Byzantium. This revised and expanded edition of The Fourth Crusade gives fresh emphasis to events in Byzantium and the Byzantine response to the actions of the Crusaders. Included in this edition is a chapter on the sack of Constantinople and the election of its Latin emperor.

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jerry-book (edited) I finished the Fourth Crusade, The Conquest of Constantinople by Queller and Madden. This is a history of the crusade that went off the tracks and ended up attacking two Christian ... Read full review

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Quite important and yet sadly among other books an American is unlikely to ever hear about, let alone read.

Contents

The Preaching and Taking of the Cross
1
The Illfated Treaty of Venice 1201
9
The Election of Boniface of Montferrat
21
The Poverty of the Army at Venice
40
The Conquest of Zara
55
The Treaty of Zara
79
The Taking of the Tower of Galata
101
The First Conquest of Constantinople
119
And So Began the War
148
The Second Conquest of Constantinople
172
The Devastation of Constantinople
193
List of Abbreviations
205
Notes
207
Bibliography
299
Index
345
Copyright

The Uneasy Alliance of Latins and Greeks
135

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About the author (1999)

Donald E. Queller was Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; among his other books are The Office of the Ambassador in the Middle Ages and The Venetian Patriciate: Reality Versus Myth. Thomas F. Madden is Associate Professor of History at St. Louis University.

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