The Beginning of the Demise of the Byzantine Empire
Eight centuries ago, Istanbul was the scene for one of the most important events in its history. The Crusades, which had originally begun in the name of taking the holy sites of Christianity from Muslim hands, then turned, in its fourth round, towards Constantinople, the capital of another Christian country. The crusaders invaded the city, and established a Latin empire. However, the life of this empire was not that long and ended in 1261, making the Byzantine once again the holder of its old capital. This paper presents a brief story of this event, and a brief exposition of its underlying causes.
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