I'm a history geek. A lot of people HATE history. They were force-fed history lessons that were little more than a recounting of dates and places with little to no context, and as soon as they escape school, they dump every bit of it from their brainspace.
This is a tragedy. History is the biggest, bawdiest soap opera possible, replete with doomed love affairs, betrayals, scheming, adultery, lies, insanity, illegitimate offspring, and murder. If you can watch those terrible reality TV shows and keep track of who's in love with who and who's backstabbing who this week, you can understand history. I PROMISE YOU. It's all that kind of thing, except more awesome because the true story is always way fucking crazier than anything you can make up.
So, if I may, I'd like to take my flisters and any interested passersby on a strange journey back in time to the twlight of the Komnenoi dynasty of Constantinople, followed by the onslaught of the Fourth Crusade. This is one of the strangest and wildest periods in all of medieval history, possibly in world history. And I'm gonna tell it to you in as fast-paced and silly a manner possible.( As The Komnenoi World Turns )