Last time we watched as John Komnenos attempted to untangle the Gordian knot which Anatolia had become. After campaigning against the Danishmends – John moved on to Cilicia and Antioch. The Emperor attempted to enforce his rights without angering the Latins. A trick which he failed to pull off. Today John will be forced to go through the whole process all over again. But when he reaches the gates of Antioch this time he won’t take no for an answer.
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My questions would be the following:
1) What were John’s policies regarding the Roman navy? He must have realized that the only long-term way to break off the deal with Venice would have been to rebuild it. Did he attempt to start to rebuild it after the conflict with Venice, or did he lack the funds for it?
I came across Lau’s paper on the subject, but I haven’t had time to read it yet.
2) How did the pronoia system develop under John? Matter of fact, I’d like to hear a bit more about John’s domestic policies in general. Did he do anything differently from Alexios?
One of the hard things I’m dealing with is understanding how a precarious but clearly recovering Byzantine state declined into the weak, corrupt state it was in pre-Fourth Crusade so quickly. I understand that 1204 is still well over half a century away, so it’s hardly fair to judge John’s reign as a failure based on that, but one is tempted to look for the potential things that would go so catastrophically wrong later. Were the Latins already in the state that would provoke such resentment that would explode with Andronikos?
3) What was John like personally?