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QUESTIONS:

1)WHY WAS JERUSALEM IMPORTANT TO BYZANTINES?

2)THE REASON FOR THE CRUSADES BASED ON BYZANTINES POINT OF VIEW?

3)THE EFFECTS OF THE CRUSADES IN BYZANTINES?

4)BYZANTINES PERCEPTION OF OTHER GROUPS?

ANSWERS:

1) Byzantine Empire was the successor of the Roman Empire in the ... Byzantium was the name of a small, but important town at the Bosphorus, the strait which ... who resided in Alexandria, Jerusalem, Antioch, Constantinople, and Rome.

2) The Crusades from the Perspective of Byzantium and the Muslim World is the result ofscholarly reassessments of the Crusades on the 900th anniversary of the appearance ofcrusading armies outside Nicaea. The views expressed here complement theconsiderable number of other examinations that focused on the internal, Western, aspects of the movement on the 900th anniversary of the Council of Clermont.

3) The crusades, originally intended to save the Byzantine Empire, among other things, failed to do this and hastened its decline instead. The crusaders sacked Byzantine cities and eventually captured Constantinople in 1204. They then used Constantinople as the capital of what is called the Latin Empire, which it remained, until the Byzantines managed to recapture it in 1264. The Byzantine Empire never really recovered from this, though it held on for almost another 200 years.

4) The First Crusade was in many ways a joint venture between theByzantines and the Europeans. When Pope Urban II called for a crusade in 1096, he was responding to a plea for help from Byzantine Emperor Alexios I, who was having trouble dealing with the Seljuk Turks in Anatolia.

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