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A Crusader’s History of the Sack of Constantinople

"De la Conquête de Constantinople" (On the Conquest of Constantinople), one of the oldest surviving examples of French prose, is considered to be the most important historical source on the Fourth Crusade and the tragic Sack of Constantinople. As disturbing...

The Chronicle of the Morea: Invaluable History of Medieval Greece

The Chronicle of the Morea (Greek: Τὸ χρονικὸν τοῦ Μορέως) is the history of 14th-century Greece, specifically the Peloponnese -- once called the Morea -- through the eyes of its Frankish rulers of the time. More than 9,000 lines long,...

Israeli Archaeologists Discover Only Known Crusader Encampment

Archaeologists in Israel have found the remnants of what is the only Crusader encampment that has been discovered in the Middle East. The site is likely where the Frankish knights stopped and made camp just before the Battle of Hattin,...

Diver Finds 900-Year-Old Crusader Sword Off Coast of Israel

An Israeli scuba diver enjoying an outing in the Mediterranean made a stupendous find this past week, spotting a 900-year-old Crusader sword, encrusted with barnacles, making it look like something out of a movie -- but it is real. The...

Two Majestic Greek Seaside Towns with Historic Castles

Methoni and Koroni, two quintessential Greek seaside towns, are also home to Venetian castles, countless pristine sandy beaches, and lush landscapes. The two towns are intertwined in myriad ways, even though they are about 30 minutes' drive apart from each...