1204: the Crusader Sack of Constantinople

Above: woodcut of Constantinople by Giovanni Andreas Vavassore, circa 1535.

Editor’s note: see part 1 in this series: “Eastern Orthodoxy and the Pathology Against Charity.”


The Fourth Crusade is perhaps the greatest wound of blood between Catholics and Eastern Orthodox. In the year 1204 crusaders came and sacked Constantinople, the greatest Eastern Orthodox city in the world, the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire. Catholics might be tempted to point the finger at the Eastern…

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