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Beginning of the Genkyū Era. Taira family in Ise use the uncertain political climate in Kamakura as a chance to rise in revolt but the revolt is easily put down. Yoriie is assassinated in Izu province, where he had been living in exile, by Tokimasa's men.

Saying the Nembutsu is prohibited on Mt. Hiei and followers of the Jōdo sect of Buddhism are banned from the mountain.



In 1204, Venice won control over Albania, the Epirus region of northern Greece, and Durrës.

Near East


In February, Byzantine emperor, Alexius IV is overthrown in revolution and was replaced by Alexius V.

April 12-15 - Crusaders from the fourth crusade sacked Constantinople. When crusaders sacked Constantinople, the burial cloth known later as the Shroud of Turin, was moved to Athens, Greece.

On May 16th, Baldwin, Count of Flanders was crowned emperor of the Latin Empire a week after his election by the members of the Fourth Crusade.

The empire was apportioned between Venice and the Crusaders' leaders when the Latin Empire of Constantinople was established. Almost none of the Crusaders ever made it to the Holy Land of Jerusalem. The unstable Latin Empire siphoned off much of Europe's crusading energy. The legacy of the Fourth Crusade was the deep sense of betrayal the Latins had instilled in their Greek coreligionists. With the events of 1204, the split between the Catholic West and Orthodox East was complete.

Theodore I Lascaris fled to Nicaea after the capture of Constantinople, and established the Empire of Nicaea. Byzantine successor states were also established in Epirus and Trebizond.

The Fourth Crusade was one of the last of the major crusades to be directed by the Papacy. Later Crusades were directed by individual monarchs, mostly directed against Egypt. Only the Sixth Crusade, subsequently, succeeded in restoring Jerusalem to Christian rule.

Boniface of Montferrat, a leader of the Fourth Crusade, founded the Kingdom of Thessalonica.



Angers and Normandy are recaptured from England by Philip II of France.

Jersey enjoyed self-government thanks to the division of the Duchy of Normandy.


The writings of French theologian Amalric of Bena were condemned by the University of Paris and Pope Innocent III.


The district of Cham becomes subject to Bavaria.

Greece (Epirus)

When Constantinople fell to the Fourth Crusade in 1204, Michael Angelos Komnenos Ducas seized Aetolia and Epirus and established an independent state known as the Despotate of Epirus. The rulers of the Despotate controlled a substantial area corresponding to a large swathe of northwestern Greece, much of modern Albania and parts of the modern Republic of Macedonia.


The inhabitants of Kennemer, a coastal region in the northwestern Netherlands, in the province of North Holland, penetrated the first aggrem Aemestel, the castle at the Amstel dike, thus resulting in the destruction of the house of Gijsbrecht van Aemstel, who, by name of the Bishop of Utrecht ruled the area.


Francis of Assisi had a serious illness which led to a spiritual crisis.

Occitania (Southern France and part of Spain)

Innocent III suspended a number of bishops in Occitania in an attempt to suppress the Cathars.



Valdemar II, King of Denmark, was recognized as king in Norway.


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