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General Books publication date: 2009 Original publication date: 1921 Original Publisher: Princeton University Press Subjects: Crusades History / Middle East / General History / Medieval Religion / Christianity / History Religion / Christianity / General Religion / Christian Church / History Notes: This is a black and white OCR reprint of the original. It has no illustrations and there may be typos or missing text. When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to Million-Books.com where you can select from more than a million books for free. Excerpt: CHAPTER III Alexius And The Crusaders (The conduct of Alexius and the people of his empire toward the Crusaders, as they passed through the land on their way to Constantinople, seemed incomprehensible to the Latins at the time and has been more or less baffling to all later writers. There is some doubt as to whether or not Alexius had sent a definite appeal for help to the West at this time. Chalan- don, whose study of the reign of Alexius represents probably the most authoritative modern investigation of the subject, maintains the thesis that Alexius did not call for help, and that the empire in 1096 was less in need of aid than at any time since IO7I.1 Certainly, the Emperor's conduct appears more intelligible if the Crusaders can be regarded as his uninvited guests. Their not infrequent acts of violence may even have led him to suspect their motives, which suspicion the presence of Bohemund and his Normans from southern Italy -- old foes of the Eastern Empire -- only served to strengthen. Possibly there were other causes, also, to arouse the Emperor. Kohler has suggested that Urban, in arousing the expedition, cherished the hope of gaining the submission of the Greek Church, either as a reward for this help, or by intimidation and force, if necessary.2 But whether or not there was any just cause for the Emperor's suspicions, the statements of his daughter, together with his...
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