Part 6 for Free: We continue our Fourth Crusade investigation bringing us to the shenanigans in Constantinople involving an exiled Byzantine prince looking to return to power in epic fashion, who did a great job of convincing the wayward Crusade that his restoration would receive majority support in the great city, it would be a quick one-and-done affair, and that he could pay them all for their help. Unfortunately he could keep none of these promises and it evolved into an evermore all-devouring Ouroboros of Byzantine Emperor coups and calamities. However, the things that we can clearly discern out of this chaos are that: 1) Blind Venetians in their nineties can still do some pretty epic things. 2) The Pope had absolutely nothing to do with this, and was only involved in excommunications and staunch warnings about Christians fighting other Christians, and that the whole disaster could have been avoided if both Eastern AND Western Christians had listened to him. 3) That the Frankish Crusaders had more honor than all the Latins and Greeks combined in the affairs. 4) And even so, the Latins had more instances of keeping their word and acting – in context with the times – no worse than any of the Byzantine aristocracy and Emperors who do not end up looking very good at all in the final analysis despite any ‘sins’ of the Latins or the Frankish Crusaders who stayed the course after the debacle at Zara.
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