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[–] ARsandOutdoors 1 points 2 points (+3|-1) ago 

Need more context. This just before we took Constantinople during the 4th 'sade?

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[–] Nadeshda [S] 1 points 2 points (+3|-1) ago  (edited ago)

The Turkish kingdom of Karasi, with its capital at the ancient Greek city of Pergamos, was also conquered (1336). This established the authority of Orchan over all north-western Asia Minor, and gave him a kingdom nearly as large as modern Italy. He became the nearest neighbor and indeed the real master of the ancient and decrepit Roman Empire of the East.

This still lingered as a Greek kingdom with its capital at Constantinople and its feeble authority extending over most of what to-day is European Turkey. The cities of Asia Minor had acknowledged a vague allegiance to this Empire, and in seizing them, Orchan began its dismemberment. Throughout the latter part of his reign, he was the practical dictator of its policy.

Crusaders from the West gathered to aid this outpost of Christianity against the Turks. But Orchan was repeatedly appealed to by the rivals who fought for its throne, and in viewing the intrigues of father fighting against son, he gained such an introduction into European statecraft as could hardly have roused in him much admiration or even respect for the civilization of the West.

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[–] i_scream_trucks 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

The Varangian Guard was norsemen qho had pledged themselves to defend the Byzantine emperor.

Bearing in mind 'Norsemen' were vikings that were given land by the french in return for fighting for France thereby setting in motion 'The Danelaw' in the north of england vs the Normans led by William the Conqueror in the south (and the story of the ancestors of both sides of my family)

They fought for whatever would give them a better life and often joined local populations but im not aware pf vikings/normans ever completely wiping out any enemies other than celts. And even then they didnt finish the job before they completely settled.