Byzantium and The Crusades (2nd Edition) (Crusader Worlds) by Jonathan Harris

By Jonathan Harris

This new edition of Byzantium and the Crusades presents a fully-revised and up to date model of Jonathan Harris's landmark textual content within the box of Byzantine and crusader history.

The booklet deals a chronological exploration of Byzantium and the outlook of its rulers throughout the time of the Crusades. It argues that one of many major keys to Byzantine interplay with Western Europe, the Crusades and the crusader states are available within the nature of the Byzantine Empire and the ideology which underpinned it, instead of in any generalised hostility among the peoples.

Taking fresh scholarship under consideration, this re-creation comprises an up to date notes part and bibliography, in addition to major new additions to the text:
• New fabric at the function of non secular alterations after 1100
• an in depth dialogue of monetary, social and spiritual adjustments that came about in 12th-century Byzantine kin with the west
• In-depth insurance of Byzantium and the Crusades throughout the thirteenth century
• New maps, illustrations, genealogical tables and a timeline of key dates

Byzantium and the Crusades is a crucial contribution to the historiography by means of a tremendous pupil within the box that are meant to be learn through somebody attracted to Byzantine and crusader background.

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Unwilling to risk open warfare with them, the emperor summoned them to gather at an appointed spot, where he met them personally with a flattering display of friendship, claiming that he wished to register them for military service in his army. Once their suspicions were lulled, the leaders were arrested and the rank and file disarmed. Their property was redistributed among the emperor’s own loyal officers and their families driven from their homes. 62 To those outside the charmed circle, such placing of the interests of the empire before all else could be interpreted in quite a different light.

There was the Kommerkion, already mentioned, which they imposed on trade passing through the port of Constantinople. One twelfth-century visitor to Constantinople reckoned that the imperial fisc profited to the tune of some 20,000 gold pieces a day from these customs dues, as well as from rents from markets and shops. In the provinces, households without land paid THE POWER BEHIND THE THRONE 31 a hearth tax, while those with land paid a combined hearth and land tax, all rendered in gold. These sources yielded an estimated annual revenue of some 7 million gold pieces and by 1025 the treasury had a huge surplus, the result of prudent management by Basil II.

That divide is nowhere better illustrated than in a story told by Michael Psellos himself. One day Constantine IX was walking through the palace accompanied by his mistress and a crowd of courtiers. One of the courtiers, wishing to gain favour with the emperor, murmured softly, but audibly, the words ‘It were no shame . ’ That was enough to send a ripple of admiration through his fellow courtiers. They had all been educated and recognized the allusion at once, as coming from the Iliad: ‘It were no shame that Trojans and well-greaved Achaeans should suffer pain long time for woman such as she’, a reference to the fabled beauty Helen of Troy.

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