4th crusade

4th crusade

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  • The Fourth Crusade was called by Pope Innocent III in 1198.
  • The Fourth Crusade was intended to conquer Muslim-controlled Jerusalem by means of an invasion through Egypt.
  • However, a sequence of political events culminated in the Crusader army sacking the city of Constantinople.
  • The Crusaders of Western Europe invaded and sacked the Christian city of Constantinople. Enrico Dandolo was the first person to bring up the idea of passing through Constantinople.
  • The main objective of the Crusaders as to place Alexios on the Byzantine throne so that they could receive the rich payments he had promised them.
  • The Crusaders attacked the cities of Chalcedon and Chrysopolis. They won a cavalry skirmish in which they were outnumbered. They defeated 500 Byzantines with just 80 Frankish knights.
  • The Crusaders first traveled to Venice to discuss their plans. After their discussion, they went on to capturing Zara, Constantinople, and Thessalonica.
  • Zara and Constantinople were sacked. However, the Crusaders did not reach their main objective. The Byzantine Empire was weakened. The Fourth Crusades also led to the outbreak of the Nicaean-Latin wars and the Bulgarian-Latin wars. 
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