The Fourth Crusade (1201-1204), launched to restore Jerusalem to Christian control, veered widely off course, finally landing at Constantinople which it conquered and sacked. The effects of the crusade were far-reaching during the Middle Ages and remain powerful even today, which explains the continued vibrancy of its historiography. This volume, based on studies presented at the Sixth Conference of the Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East in Istanbul, Turkey in 2004, represents some of the best new research on this fascinating event. With the "Diversion Question" of the past centuries now largely settled, these studies focus on three aspects of current scholarship: evaluations of the event itself, investigations into the aftermath of the conquest of Constantinople in 1204, and analyses of the evolving perceptions and memories of the event in Europe and the Middle East. Together these essays help to place the Fourth Crusade within the larger context of medieval Mediterranean history as well as larger issues such as agency, accommodation, and memory that inform new aspects of modern historiography.
Contents: Introduction; Event: Richard I and the early evolution of the 4th crusade, Vincent Ryan; Venise et son arrière-pays au temps de la quatrième croisade, Pierre Racine; The '4 crusades' of 1204, Marco Meschini. Aftermath: The Latin empire of Constantinople's fractured foundation: the rift between Boniface of Montferrat and Baldwin of Flanders, Thomas F. Madden; The Greeks of Constantinople under Latin rule 1204-1261, David Jacoby; The effects of the 4th crusade on European gold coinage, Robert D. Leonard Jr. Perceptions: The Translatio Symonensis and the 7 thieves: a Venetian 4th crusade Furta Sacra narrative and the looting of Constantinople, David M. Perry; Between justification and glory: the Venetian Chronicles' view of the 4th crusade, Serban Marin; Per Innocenzo III i Cristiani Latini 'peggiori degli altri': l'anno 1204. Un sintomo di nuova cultura, Guilio Cipollone; Aux sources de la chronique en prose franÃ§aise: entre déculturation et acculturation, Cyril Aslanov; Arab perspectives on the 4th crusade, William J. Hamblin; Index.
The series of Subsidia to the journal Crusades is designed to include publications deriving from the conferences held by the Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East along with other volumes associated with the society.
The scope of the series parallels that of the journal itself: Crusades covers seven hundred years from the First Crusade (1095-1102) to the fall of Malta (1798) and draws together scholars working on theaters of war, their home fronts and settlements from the Baltic to Africa and from Spain to the Near East and on theology, law, literature, art numismatics and economic, social, political and military history.