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who was to blame for the sack of Constantinople in 1204?

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Transfer-Encoding: chunked ´╗┐Who was to blame for the sack of Constantinople in 1204? The fourth crusade set out to destroy enemies of the Christians and recapture Jerusalem via Egypt yet none of this was accomplished but instead Christians killed their fellow Christians, in what was one of the worst blunders in history. Blame can be put on many parties with the main being western Christendom whom attacked the city, however the venetians also played apart and there is a possibility that the Byzantines ought such terror upon themselves. The Crusaders seem to be the most obvious choice when it comes to laying blame as they were the ones who committed such atrocious acts in the name of western Christendom. There are many prior reasons which led to the sacking of the Byzantines capital city. The first of which being the gross miscalculation in the spring of 1202 in which the Crusaders drastically overestimated the amount of troops they could rally for the crusading cause. ...read more.


Thibault was a highly influential figure and his upon his death many of his followers likely abandoned his cause. Furthermore, the fire of 1203 was not started because the Crusader were pyromaniacs but instead because they had grown impatient due the delaying of their payments by Alexios I, which was greatly needed in order to pay the Venetians. Alternatively, the Venetians can also be blamed as they mastered the art of puppeteering the Crusading force. If it was not for the constant demands on the Crusaders to repay their debts then they may not have been put into the position of having to sack Christian cities, the venetians also aided the crusading army greatly upon the actual sacking of Constantinople. However the Venetians were a commercial people and as such could not have simply forgiven and forgot for not paying their debts. After such a large order placement by the Crusaders for ships that could transport 33,500, the venetians likely had to suspend production for up to a ...read more.


This situation was only worsened by the fact that the majority of the city?s population did not welcome him back with open arms, as such the Crusaders and the Venetians were not well received upon their backing of Alexios IV in 1203. This was not the end of Alexios? poor decision making as he stopped supplying the Crusading force in 1203, directly causing the fire started by the Crusaders. Even after the disposal of Alexios by Mourtzouphlos the state of decision making did not improve as he sent the Crusaders and Venetians out of the city with no provisions as such they were left with little options, making the sack of Constantinople very attractive. In conclusion, the majority of the blame rested upon the shoulders of the Byzantines. Due to the fact that the other involved parties only acted out of want for the fulfilment of their aims. Whereas the lack of decision making ability on part of the byzantine leaders cause th crusading force to act as rashly as they did thus causing the sack of Constantinople. ...read more.

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