The fourth crusade: a plot?
Was there a "plot" to divert the Fourth Crusade to Constantinople, and if so who was responsible?
"We will never know, and science has truly something better to do than to discuss indefinitely an insoluble problem" -P. Mitrofanov
This famous comment on the fourth crusade and the question of a "plot" was made well over a century ago, and very little new evidence has emerged since. So why return to this topic?
Most modern historians are of the view that the diversion of the Fourth Crusade to Constantinople was not the result of a plot. Queller, for example, writes "By reflection upon a d…
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