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|#4 - Actually for 16, the crusaders were paid by venice to attack c… [+] (4 new replies)||11/24/2014 on Plot Holes||+1|
#7 - beerholder (11/24/2014) [-]
Nooo, the story is much more complex and funnier
The crusade was to set out from Venice since the pope came up with this plan of carrying the crusaders by sea to avoid attrition, disease, desertion and useless fighting. So he hired the Venetians to build a shitload of boats, the biggest naval armada of the time. But when the soldiers gathered, instead of the estimated 50000, only about 15000 showed up. Naturally, since the Venetians were about to get paid for all the ships, the 15000 didn't had the money so they were stuck in town.
After a few months of hanging around, the Venetians got tired of their squalor and occasional raping and looting, so they proposed the crusaders a deal on which they would get the ships if they help them conquer Zara, a rebel fortress. The crusaders agreed, but the pope excommunicated them since Zara was after all a christian city.
Moreover, they fail to conquer the city and they remain stuck in Venice, excommunicated and without any ships. A few months pass and here comes a guy who claims to be the rightful claimant to the throne of Constantinople, and the crusaders should help him fight for the crown. The wanna-be king assures them he'll pay for the ships if the deed gets done, and a deal is struck.
They manage to put the guy on the throne, but before he collects the money to pay, he falls under the weather with a severe case of assassination, and the new king has no interest of paying the crusaders.
Naturally, the disgruntled crusaders do the sensible thing and sack the city, bringing the loot to Rome to beg for clemency.
And that's why they call it "The Crazy Crusade"
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