Emperor Manuel I Komnenos Cuts Off Venice, Will Lead to Crusaders Looting Constantinople Hot

Emperor Manuel I Komnenos Cuts Off Venice, Will Lead to Crusaders Looting Constantinople

Byzantine Empire, c.1180 under Emperor Manuel I Komnenos
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For a time Byzantine Emperor Manuel I Komnenos ends Venetian commercial privileges in Constantinople, a factor that would eventually play in Venice's decision to have the armies of the Fourth Crusade conquer and loot the city.

Every Venetian in the empire is arrested and all of their property is confiscated. In retaliation, Venetian ships sack the Byzantine islands of Chios and Lesbos.

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