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Episode 236 – Why Make Peace?

With Italy and the Balkans at peace Manuel turns his attention to Anatolia. He marches to Antioch to punish those who’d wronged him. He then campaigns against the Turks with surprisingly positive results.

Pic: The Tomb of Kilij Arslan II in the courtyard of Alâeddin Mosque, Konya

Period: 1158-1161

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Episode 235 – Sundered by Gold

Manuel’s Italian campaign begins brightly but ends in failure. Meanwhile his cousin Andronikos tries to kill him and more bad news arrives from Antioch.

Period: 1152-1158

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Episode 234 – Changing Priorities

Roger II of Sicily from the Church of Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio in Palermo

The Normans raid the cities of Greece during the passage of the Second Crusade. Manuel sees this as such a worrying development that he makes the decision to prioritise the recovery of Apulia over Antioch. This sets off a series of conflicts in the Balkans and a series of missed opportunities in Syria.

Period: 1147-1152

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Episode 233 – The Second Crusade, Part 3 (Patreon bonus episode)

The Crusaders approach Damascus through the Orchards. A miniature by Jean Colombe from Sebastien Mamreau’s book “Passages d’outremer” (1474)

In a bonus episode for Patreon supporters (at the $6 level) we follow the Emperor Conrad and King Louis as they arrive in the Holy Land and attempt to besiege Damascus. We then retrace our steps to the start of the Crusade and go through what the Latins were saying about the Byzantines during their march.

Period: 1148

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Episode 232 – The Second Crusade, Part 2

The routes taken by the Second Crusade (from ‘The Second Crusade – Extending The Frontiers Of Christendom’ by Jonathan Phillips)

We follow the Emperor Conrad and King Louis as they both attempt to cross Anatolia.

Period: 1147-1148

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Episode 231 – The Second Crusade, Part 1

A ‘Second’ Crusade is called in response to the fall of Edessa in 1144. The French and German monarchs sign up leaving the Byzantines with multiple headaches to deal with.

Pic: The Crusaders arrive at Constantinople by Jean Fouquet

Period: 1144-1147

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Episode 230 – The Sack of Edessa

John II Komnenos’ youngest son Manuel takes charge of the Empire. After securing the capital and punishing Raymond of Antioch the new Emperor goes on campaign against the Turks. After chasing the Sultan of Iconium to his capital Manuel realises that fighting on the plateau is no easy business. Meanwhile the Crusader city of Edessa falls and the Byzantines don’t appreciate the significance of this event.

Pic: Manuel Komnenos (from ‘Rulers of the Byzantine Empire’ published by KIBEA)

Period: 1143-1146

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Discussion with Marco Capelli about Byzantium and Italy

Robin discusses ‘Byzantium and Italy’ with Marco Capelli. Marco is the brilliant host of Storia d’Italia – a podcast telling the story of the History of Italy – in Italian. This interview is in English. Please do tell any Italian speakers you know about Storia d’Italia (italiastoria.com).

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Family Update

My father passed away last night. I am now with my family and will be spending time with them. The podcast will be back soon. Thanks for your understanding and support.

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