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Fall of Byzantine City of Thessalonica

Byzantine Empire, c.1180 under Emperor Manuel I Komnenos
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Sack of Thessalonica: Normans from the the Kingdom of Sicily lay siege to and sack Thessalonica, a Greek Christian city. When Thessalonica falls, it will be one of the worst disasters to hit the Byzantine Empire in the 12th century.

Much of the blame for the fall of Thessalonica will lie with the Byzantines themselves: the governor doesn't make adequate preparations, the defenders are forbidden from riding out to harass the siege machinery, and what little comes in the way of relief is uncoordinated.

When the Normans breach Thessalonica's eastern wall, the sacking of the city soon becomes a slaughter with thousands of civilians being killed.



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