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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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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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Episode 206 – What did Alexios want?

Robert II of Flanders by Henri Decaisne (the son of the man who sent Alexios five hundred Knights)

Robert II of Flanders by Henri Decaisne (the son of the man who sent Alexios five hundred Knights)

We discuss what Alexios really wanted from the West. Was he surprised by the Crusading army that formed or had he been lobbying for something similar?

Period: 1050-95

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Episode 205 – Introducing the Crusades

Taking of Jerusalem by the Crusaders, Émile Signol (1847)

Taking of Jerusalem by the Crusaders, Émile Signol (1847)

A quick introduction to the Crusading topic and a discussion of how religious interpretations of historical events can be particularly distorting.

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Period: 1095

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Episode 204 – Komnenian Reforms

A Nomisma Hyperpyron of Alexios I (Ancient.Eu)

A Nomisma Hyperpyron of Alexios I (Ancient.Eu)

Aspron Trachy of Alexios. Dumbarton Oaks Collection (I assume John II on left with Christ. Alexios and Irene on right)

An Aspron Trachy of Alexios. Dumbarton Oaks Collection (John II on left with Christ [I assume]. Alexios and Irene on right)

A Billon Trachy of Alexios I (baldwin.co.uk)

A Billon Trachy of Alexios I (baldwin.co.uk)

A Tetarteron of Alexios (hourmo.eu)

A Tetarteron of Alexios (hourmo.eu)

We look at events in Constantinople during Alexios’ first fifteen years in power. Including reforms to the court, the coinage and social care. We conclude by talking about Alexios’ personality.

Period: 1081-95

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