Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Murphysboro Centuries, 11th secular

Romanus IV Diogenes, 1068-1071
- in 1068, the Byzantines lost, to the Normans who were invading Italy, the last of their cities, held since Justinian’s days - in 1071 he fought and lost (because of the treason of some of his officers) the battle of Manzikert (one of the great battles of history) - because of the treason, the battle was lost - because the battle was lost the Turks were able to raid and devastate the area that is now called Turkey - it had been the center of Byzantine power and income, a rich, heavily populated and Christian area - loss of the battle led to it being turned into a wasteland which was eventually taken over by the Moslem Turks

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