The Normans in Byzantium | History Today


Mosaic of Constantine IX Monomachos, Hagia Sophia, Istanbul. Agefotostock/Alamy.
Mosaic of Constantine IX Monomachos, Hagia Sophia, Istanbul. Agefotostock/Alamy.

In 1074 the populace of Constantinople appeared on aghast as the city of Chrysopolis (contemporary Üsküdar), just across the Bosporus, was put to the torch. The Byzantine Empire experienced been by way of a good offer about the prior decade, which experienced viewed Turkic bands carve up substantially of the outdated imperial heartlands of Asia Small. Now it appeared as if the funds by itself would tumble. But the male dependable was no Turkish sultan or atabeg. It was Roussel de Bailleul, a Norman adventurer who had started his profession in Byzantine service.


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