April 13, 1204

On April 13, 1204 the 4th Crusade went on Spring Break and sacked the fabulously wealthy Mediterranean coast city of Constantinople. Pope Innocent III had called the 4th Crusade to go and capture Jerusalem from the infidel Muslims and the Holy Roman Empire (Italy), the Republic of Venice, and the Kingdom of France answered the call and made their way from Europe south. On the way, Spring Break happened and the three armies decided to party in Constantinople. They broke the city and when Pope Innocent III found out, he put all three armies on double secret probation and ordered them home. Many did, drunk and hungover, but Pope Innocent was angry and acted like a stepfather who gave his entitled stepsons one job, and they didn’t. Instead, they partied and got drunk.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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