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The Fourth Crusade, as told by Robert de Clari

The Fourth Crusade, as told by Robert de Clari

The Fourth Crusade is best known for being the campaign that attacked the Byzantine Empire in 1204. In this episode, Danièle is joined by Peter Konieczny to talk about Robert de Clari, who wrote one of the accounts of this unusual crusade. What did this French knight say about how the crusaders went from wanting to attack the Holy Land to conquering Constantinople?

Robert de Clari’s account of the Fourth Crusade was translated by Edgar Holmes McNeal in The Conquest of Constantinople. There are other translations of this work, including by Edward N. Stone in Three Old French Chronicles of the Crusades. You can find this version on De Re Militari website.

See also:

Byzantium & Friends Podcast: The Colonial Fourth Crusade, with George Demacopoulos

How did medieval Europeans deal with Greek debt? They sacked their capital city

The Fourth Crusade and the Problem of Food Provision in The Accounts of Robert De Clari and Geoffroy De Villehardouin

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Watch the video: Why the Fourth Crusade Attacked Constantinople (October 2021).