Today in North African history: the Eighth Crusade ends (1270)

King Louis IX of France (d. 1270, which is a bit of a spoiler), who would later be known as Saint Louis, would probably go somewhere on a list of the 10 greatest Crusaders of all time, particularly if you limit the list to military figures and to the canonical numbered Crusades. He’d be right up there alongside men like Godfrey of Bouillon, the first Christian “King” of Jerusalem (I put king in quotes because he refused the actual title), and Richard the Lionheart. The thing is, though, that those guys would make the list because they were pretty good at Crusading (Richard for sure, and Godfrey since, well, his Crusade actually succeeded), while Louis…let’s say that he’d be on the list more for his enthusiasm than his performance, and for the fact that he had an excellent and very loyal biographer.

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