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 become St. Louis, would probably go somewhere on a list of the 10 greatest Crusaders of all time, particularly if you limit the list 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 title), and Richard the Lionheart. Though while those guys would make the list because they were pretty good at Crusading, Louis IX…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 biographer.

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

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