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Episode 215 – The Siege of Nicaea

The Siege of Niceae and the Turkish attack of 16 May 1097 from Victory in the East by J France

The Siege of Nicaea and the Turkish attack of 16 May 1097 from Victory in the East by J France

Alexios directs the Crusaders to Nicaea where they set up a siege. Behind the scenes though the Emperor was busy negotiating with the city’s garrison.

Period: 1097

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Episode 214 – The Prince’s Crusade

Bohemond of Antioch by Merry-Joseph Blondel c1800

Bohemond of Antioch by Merry-Joseph Blondel c1800

The senior nobles of the First Crusade make the journey to Constantinople. There Alexios asks them to swear an oath of allegiance to him.

Period: 1096-7

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Episode 213 – The People’s Crusade

Peter Hermit on Crusade. Engraving from painting by Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)

Peter the Hermit on Crusade. Engraving from painting by Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)

Our narrative resumes as the so-called People’s Crusade crosses the Danube and heads for Constantinople.

Period: 1095-6

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The History of Byzantium is now on Patreon

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Hello everyone,

The History of Byzantium is now on Patreon. As you know I already sell bonus episodes of the show here at thehistoryofbyzantium.com

But many listeners have requested that I join Patreon for various reasons. The main request being to offer an advert-free feed.

So over at Patreon.com/thehistoryofbyzantium you can now get an ad-free version of the show. And if you join the highest tier you can get an ad-free feed with bonus episodes as well.

BUT the Patreon feeds only begin at episode 200. I have enquired about migrating the entire back catalogue over but haven’t received a response yet.

So for the time being you would be getting only new episodes of the show. If you’re happy with how you currently listen to the History of Byzantium then there’s nothing to worry about. The system over at thehistoryofbyzantium.com will continue as it is. But if you want to get an ad-free feed or just prefer Patreon then please do visit Patreon.com/thehistoryofbyzantium.

Email me thehistoryofbyzantium at gmail.com to discuss any ideas or issues you have.

Thanks,
Robin

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Episode 212 – Who went on Crusade and why?

Recruitment for the First Crusade 1095-1103 from The First Crusaders by J. Riley-Smith

Recruitment for the First Crusade 1095-1103 from The First Crusaders by J. Riley-Smith

How many people went on Crusade? Who were they and who was in charge of them? Why did they go? What does all this mean for Byzantium?

Period: 1095-6

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Episode 211 – Why people went on Crusade with Sharyn Eastaugh

History of the Crusades podcast

History of the Crusades podcast

Sharyn Eastaugh from the History of the Crusades podcast explores why people responded to Urban’s call.

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Period: 1095-6

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Episode 210 – What did Urban say?

Pope Urban preaches the Crusade from Cassell's Illustrated History of England, Volume 1

Pope Urban preaches the Crusade from Cassell’s Illustrated History of England, Volume 1 (highly inaccurate!)

We follow Urban as he crosses into France and spends over a year on tour. We talk about the steps he took to prepare for the announcement of the Crusades. Then we break down what we believe he said and why he said it.

Period: 1095-6

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Episode 209 – What about Jerusalem?

Jerusalem in the Nuremburg Chronicle 1493

Jerusalem in the Nuremburg Chronicle 1493

We briefly talk about events in Jerusalem and the wider Levant on the eve of the First Crusade. Had anything happened there that could have sparked the Crusades?

Period: 1050-95

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Episode 208 – The Call from the East with Peter Frankopan

Peter Frankopan, The First Crusade - The Call from the East

Peter Frankopan, The First Crusade – The Call from the East

An interview with Professor Peter Frankopan about his book ‘The First Crusade: The Call from the East.’

Peter Frankopan is Professor of Global History at Oxford University and Stavros Niarchos Foundation Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research. He specialises in the history of the Byzantine Empire, Russia, the Middle East, Central Asia and China. He translated the Alexiad for Penguin Classics in 2009 and wrote ‘The First Crusade: The Call from the East’ in 2012 which I highly recommend. Since then he’s written two award winning books about the Silk Roads. Tracing their impact on world history as well as contemporary events. Find out more about his work at peterfrankopan.com.

Period: 1050-95

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Episode 207 – What did Urban want?

Pope Urban II (illustration by Chevalier Artaud de Montor 1842)

Pope Urban II (illustration by Chevalier Artaud de Montor 1842)

We talk about Pope Urban’s shaky political position on the eve of the Crusade. As well as discussing the wider Papal reform movement and how military violence came to be a part of their plans.

Period: 1050-95

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