Alexius I Comnenus and the Crusaders

The first army to arrive in Constantinople was that commanded by Godfrey of Bouillon. They arrived on the shores of Constantinople in December 1097, just weeks before Christmas. Alexius I Comnenus was prepared to meet this second army of Franks, but in no way was he looking forward to it. The annihilation of the people's... Continue Reading →

The Battle of Manzikert 1071

News of al-Hakim's ruthless persecution of Christians wasn't the sole event that triggered hatred in the west. The Byzantine Empire in the eleventh century was on the brink of destruction. In the 1040s, Turkish warriors migrated from the steppes of central Asia and conquered Persia, then invaded Armenia and Iraq, and conquered Baghdad in the... Continue Reading →

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