The Crusades: The perspective of a Byzantine

Andrea Hernandez World History

This a picture of Justinian the first. He was a Byzantine emperor. He was born in 482 AD, Tauresium, Justinian I, commonly known as Justinian the Great, was Byzantine emperor from 527 to 565. During his reign, Justinian sought to revive the empire's greatness and reconquer the lost western half of the historical Roman Empire,he passed away November 14, 565 AD, in Constantinople,Turkey.

The crusade was to be directed in Egypt, because the Crusaders who believed that conquering it would be the key to taking back Jerusalem. This expedition took an unexpected turn,and the Pope could not stop it.The Byzantine church did continue to see itself as a role of protecting Christians making pilgrimages to the Orient, there were also close contacts with the other Patriarchs in Jerusalem, Antioch, and Alexandria and other orthodox churches in Jerusalem. Recommended by the religious resistance of Islam, these contacts were even managed in times of war.

During the Arab invasions in the 7th and 8th centuries, the Arab armies put to fight upscale Byzantine colonies of Egypt and Syria before promoting on to Constantinople.  Then,when the European Crusaders set off on their early campaign in the Orient, Byzantine society had already experienced centuries of fighting and confrontation. There had been no sign of a crusading spirit, nor a union, nor was there a need to unify with the western crusading powers. Constantinople was a colossal city. The population in the 6th century was about 400,000 people and it couldn't have been much less than this in the centuries advancing to the Crusades.

By the time of the Crusades in the modern 11th century Byzantium was no longer in the power as it was before. The church had lost some distinction. Although the trade had developed, the agricultural recession was weak and stationary. A new power began to confuse the balance of power in the East. The Seljuks migrated from the central steppes.

Our perception of the franks during the crusade. Well, they thought they were superior than us. We didn't like them at all. They took the oath and gave it to the emperor and he just kept silent. Also when the counts came to take leave of the emperor, he retained a hautghty knight who aked him who he was. And you know what he said, he said "I'M A FRANK." Yeah that's right the emperor said he was a frank.

This a picture of Constantinople the great. He was born February 27, 272 AD. Constantine the Great, also accepted as Constantine I, was the Roman Emperor from 306 to 337. Constantine was the son of Flavius Valerius Constantius, a Roman army leader, and his wife Helena. He passed in May 22, 337 AD.

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3 years ago

What the emperors name is frank! FRANK I am just surprised that his name is frank. Also I love anime to! :O)