Editor says, what if the fourth crusade had actually gone to plan? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Generals thread.
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Editor says, in reality he died of poison and the instead of conquering Muslim-controlled Jerusalem by means of an invasion through Egypt, the Crusaders of Western Europe invaded and sacked the Christian (Eastern Orthodox) city of Constantinople, capital of the Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantine Empire). This was because the majority of Crusaders didn't not sail from Venice despite a huge fleet being readied, a massive cost overrun that entangled the Byzantines in the dispute. In authoring this post we have repurposed content from Wikipedia. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.