The Long and Messy Demise of The Byzantine Empire

A 200 year decline that began with a crusade

Grant Piper
7 min readAug 15, 2022

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Fall of Constantinople (Public domain)

Like the fall of Rome, the fall of Constantinople was hundreds of years in the making. By the time the Ottoman Turks tore down the walls of the great city, the Eastern Roman Empire had been sundered into multiple parts and had been reduced to little more than a city-state. The decline of Byzantium was a…

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Grant Piper

Professional writer. Amateur historian. Husband, father, Christian.