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Episode 240 – Manuel’s Constantinople

Constantinople in the Byzantine era
Constantinople in the Byzantine era (CPlakidas on Wikipedia)

We look around Constantinople in Manuel’s day. We discuss his use of the two urban palaces and the growth of the Italian population along the Golden Horn.

Period: 1143-61

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Episode 234 – Changing Priorities

Roger II of Sicily from the Church of Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio in Palermo

The Normans raid the cities of Greece during the passage of the Second Crusade. Manuel sees this as such a worrying development that he makes the decision to prioritise the recovery of Apulia over Antioch. This sets off a series of conflicts in the Balkans and a series of missed opportunities in Syria.

Period: 1147-1152

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Episode 233 – The Second Crusade, Part 3 (Patreon bonus episode)

The Crusaders approach Damascus through the Orchards. A miniature by Jean Colombe from Sebastien Mamreau’s book “Passages d’outremer” (1474)

In a bonus episode for Patreon supporters (at the $6 level) we follow the Emperor Conrad and King Louis as they arrive in the Holy Land and attempt to besiege Damascus. We then retrace our steps to the start of the Crusade and go through what the Latins were saying about the Byzantines during their march.

Period: 1148

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Episode 232 – The Second Crusade, Part 2

The routes taken by the Second Crusade (from ‘The Second Crusade – Extending The Frontiers Of Christendom’ by Jonathan Phillips)

We follow the Emperor Conrad and King Louis as they both attempt to cross Anatolia.

Period: 1147-1148

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Episode 230 – The Sack of Edessa

John II Komnenos’ youngest son Manuel takes charge of the Empire. After securing the capital and punishing Raymond of Antioch the new Emperor goes on campaign against the Turks. After chasing the Sultan of Iconium to his capital Manuel realises that fighting on the plateau is no easy business. Meanwhile the Crusader city of Edessa falls and the Byzantines don’t appreciate the significance of this event.

Pic: Manuel Komnenos (from ‘Rulers of the Byzantine Empire’ published by KIBEA)

Period: 1143-1146

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Episode 226 – A Crowded Chessboard

John II Komnenos takes charge of the Empire and campaigns immediately in Anatolia. But he is soon beset by the complications of the new position Byzantium finds itself in. Serbians, Steppe tribes, Hungarians and Venetians all demand his attention. Enemies and allies are crowding the chess board and John must make each move very carefully.

Period: 1118-1127

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Picture of John and Irene by Antoine Helbert (www.antoine-helbert.com)

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