The senior nobles of the First Crusade make the journey to Constantinople. There Alexios asks them to swear an oath of allegiance to him.
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What was the value of Antioch in all this? Wasn’t it quite far from Constantinople and almost surrounded by Muslim states at this point? As far as I know it wasn’t really a port city, although close to the Mediterranean it was quite far inland relative to a proper port.
Was there a large population of Greek Orthodox there or lucrative trade routes or do I have an incorrect view of the situation.
Thanks, and great episode as always.