April 6th, 2009

Constantinople, 1204 - Those Invidious Crusaders (TM)

Setting: Constantinople, April 1204.
Searched: variations of Constantinople Imperial Library, Library of Constantinople, Location, bibliotheke Constantinople, ancient library Constantinople, ad nauseum. Also checked here, our Medieval History memories.

Where in Constantinople would the Imperial Library have been located? Right now I'm assuming the First or Second Hill (proximity to government district, palace) but am unsure.

Setting the Second: Same
Searched: Considerable reading of secondary sources, including the Wikipedia article on the Fourth Crusade, the Siege of Constantinople 1203/1204, our archives, Jonathan Riley-Smith's Crusades, etc.

The Fourth Crusade takes Constantinople October 1203, whereupon Alexius IV commissioned them to stay through April 1204. But:

Did any of the Crusaders reside in the city? Would they have been able to travel freely within the city while Alexius IV held it, prior to the usurpation of Alexius V and the second siege?

Obscure, random facts about WW2?

I'm writing a short story set in modern-day highschool, as a school assignment, and I've hit a bit of a snag. One of the minor characters is a WW2 geek, one that practically have a neon sign proclaiming it, and at one point rattle off several WW2 facts, all of which are supposed to be really obscure and odd. Like, which swing-band Hitler liked the most, if he even liked swing. Things like that. Totally unnecessary and random.

Thanks in advance! ♥