worldhistoryfacts:

worldhistoryfacts:

The conquest of Constantinople by the Crusaders of the Fourth Crusade (painting from the 15th century). Perhaps the most ridiculous of a series of mostly foolish and failed crusades, the Fourth Crusade (early 1200s) never attacked Muslim armies, and most of them never even approached the Holy Land. Instead, Crusaders carried out the wishes of their Venetian financiers, attacking Zara and then becoming embroiled in a struggle for the Byzantine throne. Instead of helping the Byzantines (the ostensible purpose of the Crusades), the armies plundered and weakened them.