Re: alternate Byzantine scenarios....
- It's difficult to say what would have happened if the Byzantines had
won at Manzikert. Andronicos Ducas and Michael Psellus would
probably still have carried on their attempted coup, and the empire
would have likely been involved in full scale civil war. Remember
that Manzikert itself isn't what lost Asia Minor, it was the social,
economic, and military collapse of the empire. This was mostly due
to the growth of the great nobles, and Romanos was not an emperor who
inspired great things to happen even though he was a good general.
But, in alternate history things could be different. Maybe Romanos
had found out about Andronicos' planned treachery and eleminated him
--- In RomanByzantineAltHist@y..., "neobyzantium2002"
> Here's a couple of questions...have
> What if the Byzantines had won the Battle of Manzikert in 1071?
> I think that if this had happened, then the Byzantines wouldn't
> had to call the rest of Europe for help in fighting the Turks, theif
> Crusades as we know it wouldn't have happened, the Byzantines may
> have taken the Holy Land themselves and ruled it until at least
> Saladin's time, what do you guys think?
> What if Islam had never existed?
> As most Roman/Byzantine historians know, when the Arabs adopted the
> religion of Islam, they fought the drained Byzantine and Persian
> Empires and defeated them. They conquered large parts of the
> Byzantine Empire and totally conquered the Persians. However, what
> Islam had never existed? I could see the Byzantines and Persians
> eventually going at it a second time. I could even see some of the
> tribes or nations of Europe trying to pick at the European holdings
> of Byzantium, what do you guys think?