The 4th Crusade

The 4th Crusade

There was something very odd about the 4th crusade (1202-1204).

For one – they didn’t head for the Holy Land, choosing instead to go after Constantinople, then Capital of the Byzantine Empire. Which was virtually entirely christian at the time, it was seen as one of the final acts in the Great Schism between greek and roman catholic churches. It has been often described as one of the most profitable and disgraceful sacks of a city in history.

One of the most important events in the sacking of the city was the destruction of the famouse Imperial Library, which held some of the most ancient texts in christendom. Many were saved but many more were lost in the fire.

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