July 25, 1261 CE – Alexios Strategopoulos and the Nicaeans Recapture Constantinople

July 25, 1261 CE – Alexios Strategopoulos and the Nicaeans Recapture ConstantinopleRate this post *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons Near the end of the Crusades, Asia Minor was awash in military conflict. Unable to reach Egypt due to a lack of supplies, Europeans instead ignored the orders of Pope Innocent II and opted to invade Constantinople in 1204. After nearly six decades in exile, Nicaean general Alexios Strategopoulos re-established the Byzantine Empire by leading his armies into the once-mighty capital on July 25, 1261. The Eastern Orthodox Church had returned to its roots. In the wake of the Fourth Crusade, the Byzantine leaders disappeared into three strongholds – Nicaea, Trebizond and […]