posted on Apr, 23 2005 @ 02:09 AM
QUOTE//he Fourth Crusade was directed at Egypt.
There were, however, a series of financial difficulties which enabled the Venetians, who had been hired as transportation providers, to divert the
crusade to their own ends.
First it attacked the Christian city of Zara, and then Constantinople itself.
The result was the establishment of a series of Latin states in Greece and the Agean, and the permanent collapse of communion between Catholic and
The Byzantine historian Nicetas Choniates here gives an account of the sack of the city.