Sports and Games in the Eastern Roman (‘Byzantine’) Empire

From the fourth century A.D. until the fall of Constantinople in 1453, the people of the Byzantine or Eastern Roman Empire participated in a wide range of sports and physical recreations. Continue reading “Sports and Games in the Eastern Roman (‘Byzantine’) Empire”

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West-European soldiers in the armies of the Empire of Nicaea

The capture of Constantinople by the armies of the Fourth Crusade in 1204 accelerated the disintegration of the Byzantine Empire, and was followed by a period of intense political fragmentation and military conflicts between the small political entities that were established on the territories that had belonged to the Byzantine Empire. Continue reading “West-European soldiers in the armies of the Empire of Nicaea”

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