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Christian Empires: Byzantium, Crusaders and Venice

Grand Canal, Venice

Grand Canal, Venice

In the fifth century A.D. the Roman Empire, which had ruled across Europe for 600 years, was facing collapse. More than 100 years earlier in 332 its Emperor Constantine, who’d erected his victory arch in Rome, had moved the capital of the empire to a city in modern day Turkey which was named Constantinople.

Constantine was the first Roman emperor to become a Christian and over the next 1000 years his Eastern Roman Empire embraced Christianity and became the Byzantine Empire.

img_2404Constantine changed the course of human history. With his adoption of Christianity, Christianity went from a persecuted minority sect to being the official religion of the Roman Empire.

Later, in the final years of the 1th century, Christian forces were more aggressive as Crusaders fought to retake Christendom’s holy lands and sites from another younger religion on the march, Islam.

Meanwhile, Europe’s great new sea faring and trading power, Venice, sought accommodation and profit from all sides, whether Christian, Jew, or Muslim, in a complex game of shifting alliances, hostility, and war.

Ancient Walls of Constantinople

Ancient Walls of Constantinople

In this episode of Empire Builders we explore 10 sites that made history. We visit Bryzantium’s greatest church, the Haghia Sophia in modern day Istanbul, the Crusaders’ greatest fortress, Crac de Chevalier in modern day Syria, and St Marks Basilica in Venice, a showcase of the Venetian Empire at its peak. Through these great sites, among others, we chart the rise and fall of the great Christian empires of Byzantium, the Crusades and Venice.

Credits

narrator

ROBERT BLYTHE

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titles & graphics

MARTINA DEO

CGI artist

SIMON ROSS

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camera

CHRIS BAIRSTOW

archive

ALAMY

JEAN-POL GRANDMONT

PETAR MILOŠEVIĆ

YORK MUSEUMS TRUST

JEAN-CHRISTOPHE BENOIST

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facilities

GUILTFREE POST

dubbing mixer

CHRIS MORRIS

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editor

HELEN WALKER

online editor

DANNY DAVIS

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title music

PAUL MOUNSEY

music by

PAUL MOUNSEY

MICHAEL CONN

NINA MILES

BOB LOCKE

TIM NORFOLK

MARK TAYLOR

STIG MANLEY

COLIN WINSTON FLETCHER

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post production coordinators

JIM WOODALL

EMILIO REY

production accountant

RASHIDA PATEL

production manager

TARA BENSON

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executive producer

IAN CROSS

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produced and directed by

IAN CROSS

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Produced by Pilot Film and TV Productions

ãPilot Productions MMXVII

Places Mentioned - Turkey

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