Nicephorus’ successors are his wounded son and his unsuitable son-in-law. Between them they ensure that the dynasty comes to a sad end while Krum improves his position considerably.
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Man, this Krum guy doesn’t mess around. He sounds even more like a stereotypical barbarian warlord than Attila, and I hadn’t even heard of him until the last few episodes.
I was very surprised and confused to hear you pop up over on the History of English this week! Thought I’d started up the wrong episode of my many history podcasts for a second there.
I am loving this series. We are coming up to Leo the fifth’s rule. I did an essay on his coronation comparing it to Louis the Pious’s coronation by Charlemagne. It’s interesting to see how the Carolingian rituals compare to the Byzantine ones.