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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One thought on “Today in Middle Eastern History: the Siege of Damascus ends (1148)

  1. Reblogged this on and that's the way it was and commented:

    I know some of you were around when these re-blogs were originally posted, but the thing about “this date in history” is that each date comes around again once a year.

    Well, leap year…but anyway.

    The audience around here these days is about double, or maybe even more, what it was last year, so that means lots of new people who didn’t see these posts the first time, and I think they’re pretty good, so that’s why I keep reposting them. Enjoy!

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