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How many people went on Crusade? Who were they and who was in charge of them? Why did they go? What does all this mean for Byzantium?
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Sharyn Eastaugh from the History of the Crusades podcast explores why people responded to Urban's call.
We follow Urban as he crosses into France and spends over a year on tour. We talk about the steps he took to prepare for the announcement of the Crusades. Then we break down what we believe he said and why he said it.
We briefly talk about events in Jerusalem and the wider Levant on the eve of the First Crusade. Had anything happened there that could have sparked the Crusades?
An interview with Professor Peter Frankopan about his book 'The First Crusade: The Call from the East.'
We talk about Pope Urban's shaky political position on the eve of the Crusade. As well as discussing the wider Papal reform movement and how military violence came to be a part of their plans.
We discuss what Alexios really wanted from the West. Was he surprised by the Crusading army that formed or had he been lobbying for something similar?
A quick introduction to the Crusading topic and a discussion of how religious interpretations of historical events can be particularly distorting.
We look at events in Constantinople during Alexios' first fifteen years in power. Including reforms to the court, the coinage and social care. We conclude by talking about Alexios' personality.
Alexios campaigns in Europe for a decade dealing with Pechenegs, Cumans and Serbs. But his supporters begin to question his priorities as Anatolia sinks into the mire.