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Episode 189 – End of Act Two

Sultan Tughril Beg on 1 Manat 2009 Banknote from Turkmenistan

Sultan Tughril Beg on 1 Manat 2009 Banknote from Turkmenistan

As Constantine IX leaves the stage we see him desperately searching for ways to raise tax revenue.

Period: 1054-55

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Episode 188 – The Great Schism

Painting of Pope Leo IX from St Kilian Church, Dingsheim, France

Painting of Pope Leo IX from St Kilian Church, Dingsheim, France

The rapacious behaviour of the Normans in Italy brings together an alliance against them. The Byzantines and the Papacy try to get on the same page but discover that they may never be able to.

Period: 1054

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Episode 187 – Hey Big Spender

Principle stages in the debasement of the nomisma (from the Economic History of Byzantium, Dumbarton Oaks)

Principal stages in the debasement of the nomisma (from the Economic History of Byzantium, Dumbarton Oaks)

After the Pecheneg Wars the Roman treasury was empty. We look at Constantine Monomachos’ response to this and other Imperial expenses which may have exacerbated the situation.

Period: 1042-54

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Episode 186 – The Pecheneg Wars

Pecheneg tribesman from Byzantine Armies 886-1118 by Osprey

Pecheneg tribesman from Byzantine Armies 886-1118 by Osprey

The first large Seljuk raids on the Empire begin a chain of events which unravel Byzantium’s Western defences.

Period: 1047-54

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Episode 185 – Winning the Election

The ruins of Ani as seen from the Armenian side

The ruins of Ani as seen from the Armenian side

Constantine Monomachos faces yet more challenges in the early years of his reign. We cover the annexation of Ani, the Pechenegs crossing the Danube and the revolt of Leo Tornikios.

Period: 1044-47

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Episode 184 – Act Two Begins

Constantine IX Monomachos (left) and Zoe (right) (mosaic in Hagia Sophia)

Constantine IX Monomachos (left) and Zoe (right) (mosaic in Hagia Sophia)

Constantine IX Monomachos (mosaic in Hagia Sophia)

Constantine IX Monomachos (mosaic in Hagia Sophia)

Zoe chooses Constantine Monomachos to be her new husband and Emperor. We discuss his character and relationship with our historian Michael Psellos. Then move on to two major challenges which greeted his arrival on the throne.

Period: 1042-44

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Episode 183 – The Fall of Michael V

Zoe (from 'Rulers of the Byzantine Empire' published by KIBEA)

Zoe (from ‘Rulers of the Byzantine Empire’ published by KIBEA)

Theodora (from 'Rulers of the Byzantine Empire' published by Kibea)

Theodora (from ‘Rulers of the Byzantine Empire’ published by KIBEA)

We follow the short reign of Michael V from the death of his uncle to his dramatic fall just four months later.

Period: 1041-2

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Episode 182 – The Double Agent

My map of the Balkans duing 11th century

My map of the Balkans duing 11th century

We cover the Bulgarian uprising of 1040 and the events elsewhere in the Balkans which led up to it.

Period: 1034-41

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Episode 181 – A Bunch of Nobodies

George Maniakes yells at Stephen from the Madrid Skylitzes

George Maniakes yells at Stephen from the Madrid Skylitzes

Michael IV marries Zoe and becomes Emperor. Despite ill health he rules well with his brother John the Orphanotrophos. Their invasion of Sicily goes well initially but soon falls apart.

Period: 1034-40

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Episode 180 – Stumbling Forward

The murder of Romanos III Argyros from the Chronicle of John Skylitzes.

The murder of Romanos III Argyros from the Chronicle of John Skylitzes.

Romanos III is faced with the same problems which troubled his predecessor. He decides that a campaign against Aleppo will solve some of his problems. Meanwhile Zoe is left alone and frustrated in the Palace.

Period: 1028-34

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