Theology Notes 4-4-08 - The Crusades

Theology Notes 4-4-08 - The Crusades - Byzantine military...

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Byzantine military never engaged in empire expansion, only in defensive wars. The state avoided war not so much out of religious sympathy,m but out of shrewd pragmatism. 9/10 times they were better off buying out their enemies than going tow ar with them. Byzantine Approach to War Defensive wars vs. Empire Building Roman practice of paying tribute Use of Mercenaries o from outside of empire o more than half of army consisted of barbarian tribes Steady loss of territory Soldiers and the Church Constantine and Sunday Services Chaplains in the Army Basil’s Canon o if a soldier kills someone in battle, could not return to the chalice unless had penance for a year o canon was not necessarily strictly enforced Nicephorus II’s requirement’s of his soldiers o according to manual he wrote, day before battle soldier must forgive his fellow soldiers, fast o asked bishop that all soldiers who die in battle (at the hands of a Muslim) should be considered martyrs
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course RSRU 2720 taught by Professor Demacopoulos during the Spring '08 term at Fordham.

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Theology Notes 4-4-08 - The Crusades - Byzantine military...

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