The Fourth Crusade 1202-04

The Fourth Crusade 1202-04 : The Betrayal of Byzantium

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The Fourth Crusade was the first, and most famous of the 'diverted' Crusades, which saw the Crusade diverted from its original target, Ayyubi Egypt, to attack the Christian city of Zadar in modern Croatia instead, an attack that was little more than a mercenary action to repay the Venetians for their provision of a fleet to the Crusaders. This book examines the combined action and sacking of the city of Zara, which saw the Crusaders temporarily excommunicated by the Pope. It goes on to evaluate how the influence of the Venetians prompted an attack on Constantinople, analyses the siege that followed and describes the naval assault and sacking of the city which saw the Crusaders place Count Baldwin of Flanders on the Byzantine throne.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 182.88 x 241.3 x 7.62mm | 385.55g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Osprey Publishing
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 40 b/w; 43 col
  • 1849083193
  • 9781849083195
  • 207,518

About David Nicolle

Born in 1944, David Nicolle worked in the BBC's Arabic service for a number of years before gaining an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, and a doctorate from Edinburgh University. He has written numerous books and articles on medieval and Islamic warfare, and has been a prolific author of Osprey titles for many years. Christa Hook began her illustrating career in 1986, after studying under her father Richard Hook. Her work has featured extensively in the worlds of publishing and television and, having illustrated over 30 Osprey titles, she has established herself as one of their most popular artists. Her illustrations combine the historian's attention to detail with the artist's sense of drama and atmosphere, and they are sought after by collectors worldwide. Christa lives and works in East Sussex, England.

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Table of contents

Introduction /Chronology /Opposing commanders /Opposing forces /Opposing plans /The campaign /Aftermath /The battlefields today /Further reading /Index

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