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December 29th, 2008, 11:18 PM
The Bulgarian tsar Kaloyan manages to capture Constantinople. This happens in 1205, after his defeat of the Latin Emperor Baldwin at Adrianople. Kaloyan did not originally plan to attack the city, but is persuaded to do so by some dissatisfied Greeks. The city is delivered to him by treachery. How do the other powers respond? The Venetians, Eporite and Nicean Greeks? The western reaction? Is another crusade launched? Can the Bulgars hold Constantinople?
December 30th, 2008, 02:35 PM
The Venetians, Eporite and Nicean Greeks?
Obviously, the Venetians are upset. However, I am not sure they were in a position to much about it. Perhaps they could be bought off with trading rights and some outlying islands such as Corfu and Crete. Long term, we might see Venetian money pulling the strings of a Bulgarian puppet-emperor.
The Greeks likewise will not be please, especially given Kaloyan's record (Siege of Varna comes to mind). Keeping the Greek population of Constantinople will be rough for the Bulgarians. Perhaps their best bet would be to trade Constantinople to the Nicean Greeks in exchange for recognition of Bulgarian claims on Macedonia and portions of Eprius.
The western reaction? Is another crusade launched?
IIRC, Innocent III was not happy about the sacking of Constantinople. The quick return of Constanitinople to eastern hands may be seen as divine justice for the sacking of a Christian city against the pope's orders. A crusade to retake Constantiople seems unlikely.
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