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Normans End Siege of Greek Thessalonica

Byzantine Empire, c.1180 under Emperor Manuel I Komnenos
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Sack of Thessalonica: Normans from the the Kingdom of Sicily end their siege of the Greek Thessalonica, begun earlier in the month.

This is one of the worst disasters to hit the Byzantine Empire in the 12th century, and much of the blame lies with the Byzantines themselves.

When the Normans breach Thessalonica's eastern wall, the sacking of the city soon becomes a slaughter with thousands of civilians being killed. This deepens the rift between Latin and Orthodox Christians.

The Normans will occupy the city until November.



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