Taken as a whole, the Crusades had, as most large-scale human endeavors throughout history have had, their peaks and their valleys. OK, in this case they had, like, one peak and innumerable valleys, but you get the idea. The truth is that, while I give the Crusades a lot of crap around here, the modern world would look very different had several bands of plucky yet obviously not terribly bright Europeans not trudged off to die in the Holy Land one after another. So kudos to them. Anyway, today we’re talking about the close of the Sixth Crusade, which manages to be both a peak (kind of) and a valley (definitely).