Today in Middle Eastern history: the First Crusade captures Jerusalem (1099)

For all the grief I give the Crusaders of the First Crusade, it would be wrong not to note that they actually did accomplish what they set out to accomplish, the capture of Jerusalem. Well, OK, what they officially set out to accomplish was to buy the Byzantine Empire some relief from the Turks who were pushing closer to Constantinople all the time, and they kind of did bupkis in that regard, but Jerusalem was always the campaign’s secret-not-so-secret real goal, and they did it. In reality, the actual conquest of the city was a little anti-climactic; fighting through the Seljuks to the north was a lot more challenging than taking Jerusalem from the rapidly-declining Fatimids.

Source: Today in Middle Eastern history: the First Crusade captures Jerusalem (1099)

Author: DWD

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