The rapacious behaviour of the Normans in Italy brings together an alliance against them. The Byzantines and the Papacy try to get on the same page but discover that they may never be able to.
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This will be the first episode of this podcast that I will not listen to. I hope you read my comment and take it as a constructive feedback.
I won’t listen to this episode because I know it will be a painful grind focused on absolutely inconsequential religious debates much similar to what we had in this series regarding other religious non-issues such as Iconoclasm.
Please take this from a person who has lived most of his life in a theocracy (Iran). Religious theological differences are non-issues.They always have been. Unfortunately, throughout this podcast, you wasted the precious time dwelling on them which makes the podcast painful to listen to at times.
Did Byzantines and Bulgars fight less often and less brutally after Bulgars converted to Christianity?!
If this was such a “great” schism, why did papacy come to the aid of Byzantines only half a century later?
Didn’t crusaders, who were suppose to be fighting infidels, realize Byzantines are fellow Christians when they sacked Constantinople in 1204?
Did more people die in battle in the holy land throughout the era of crusades than other parts of middles east or Europe?
Did Saladin kill more Christians than Muslims? Did Richard the lion-heart or Bohemond of Taranto kill more Muslims than Christians?
Religion and religious debates, in the context of power politics, are absolute non-issues. Race, language and aesthetics have always been far more important in human relations.