Episode 188 – The Great Schism

Painting of Pope Leo IX from St Kilian Church, Dingsheim, France

Painting of Pope Leo IX from St Kilian Church, Dingsheim, France

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.

Period: 1054

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2 thoughts on “Episode 188 – The Great Schism

  1. ArashP

    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.

  2. Spencer

    I’ve been looking forward to this episode for quite some time. So it is interesting to hear that the “Great Schism” was more of one-of-many tiffs than a singular, momentous event. Well done!

    In other news, I’ve finally caught up with this podcast! I began my podcast-listening “career” a couple of years after Mike Duncan completed History of Rome. I went through that seminal podcast (twice), then began working through History of Byzantium in chunks, commonly taking breaks and then re-listening to several dozen episodes before surging forward. Along the way I’ve been sidetracked with other fine podcasts (as well as quite a few less-than-fine ones), and have just caught up. I look forward to the audio journey to 1453.

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