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The crusader camp outside Byzantium 1204 - unable to pay the blind octogenarian Doge Dandolo of Venice for their transport the crusader leaders listen to the old man's alternative suggestion
The Frankish trebuchets La Malvoisin and Le Mechant open the assault
The towers intended for Jerusalem roll forward against Byzantium, the bulwark of Eastern Christianity, instead
The Byzantine defenders, ironically men of the western Varangian Guard, move to meet the assault
The attack intensifies
Valorous shame - the English Knight, Sir Nigel Nemandible, gains a foothold on the outer wall .
Meanwhile the Dalmatian knight Arnolfo Graspetti is too 'busy' to answer the call of duty
The Byzantine catapulta wreak terrible slaughter among the attackers
Word comes that the Venetian shipborne asssault on the seawalls has breached the harbour defenses - Constantinople, 'The City' is taken
The leaders gather at the Doge's tent to discuss division of the spoils - the richest city in the world is theirs to play with
Meanwhile the troops who have risked their lives give themselves over to pillage
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