Today in Middle Eastern history: the Sixth Crusade ends (1229)

If the Fourth Crusade’s sacking of Constantinople was the point at which the Crusading enterprise was largely discredited, the Sixth Crusade could be considered the point at which the whole thing lost its last vestiges of seriousness. It was, ironically, the only crusade apart from the First and Second Crusades to end with the Crusaders actually in control of Jerusalem–and the Second Crusade doesn’t really count, since Jerusalem was already in Crusader hands when it began and stayed that way despite that campaign’s complete failure. I say “ironically,” because the Sixth Crusade involved barely any actual fighting and led to a resolution by which Crusader “control” of Jerusalem was mostly a formality. It was, instead, a long negotiation between an excommunicated Crusader king who didn’t really want to be on Crusade, didn’t really have much of an army with him, and had no support from the Church, and an Ayyubid sultanate that was by this point so decrepit that it didn’t dare risk going to war even with that guy.

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