Episode 195 – King of the Ashes

Emperor Nicephorus Botaneiates (httpsgallica.bnf.frark12148btv1b8470047df1.planchecontact.r=botaneiates)

Emperor Nicephorus Botaneiates (gallica.bnf.fr)

We follow the flailing administration of Michael VII as it slowly collapses under the immense weight of events. Then we watch as the remaining Roman Generals line up one after another as each attempts to burn the Empire down in order to become King of the Ashes.

Period: 1072-80

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Michael VII Doukas on the the Royal Crown of Hungary

Michael VII Doukas on the the Royal Crown of Hungary


The Royal Crown of Hungary

The Royal Crown of Hungary

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7 thoughts on “Episode 195 – King of the Ashes

  1. David Thompson

    Congratulations on your engagement. Best wishes for you and your fiancee!

  2. Ryan A

    Congrats on your engagement, Robin!

  3. Mystikos

    Congrats, Robin! I was recently married after years of listening to first the History of Rome and then the History of Byzantium. Back when Mike got married it was too hard to relate to – that’s what older adults do. Now hearing Robin getting ready to do the same feels a lot closer to home. Marching through life’s milestones alongside the giant of historical podcasting is great.

  4. nynrahman

    So, what about the Isaurians? I can’t remember if you told us what happened to them past the time of Anastasius. Are the Isaurians still around? Do we know anything about their exploits beyond the 6th century?

    • Anastasius seems to have broken the military might of the tribes. Presumably Roman attention prevented any revival of their warbands. Then the coming of the Arabs meant that their coastal hideouts were under threat and the interior denuded of the wealth they had once raided. I assume that for most residents of the mountains it became essential to cultivate friendly relations with those from the plains in order to survive under these conditions.

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