Today in Middle Eastern History: the Siege of Damascus ends (1148)

While the Fourth Crusade left to posterity the Crusading archetype, by setting off to capture Jerusalem and conquering Constantinople instead, the Second Crusade is the one that really set the tone for what the Crusades were going to become as an overall enterprise. It started off with justifiable goals, completely fell apart in the planning stage, failed entirely in its intended mission, and then fizzled out for good in a battle it had no real business fighting. That checks off a lot of Crusader boxes.

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