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

For all the grief I give the warriors 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 save the Byzantine Empire from the Seljuk Turks in Anatolia, and they kind of did bupkis in that regard, but capturing Jerusalem was always the campaign’s secret-not-so-secret real goal, and they did it. So, you know, good for them. It only took a little cannibalism along the way to make it possible.

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

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