Today in Middle Eastern history: Antioch surrenders to the Arabs (637)

This will be short, since there’s very little to say about the Arab conquest of Syria after the Battle of Yarmouk in 636 decisively broke the Byzantine army in that region. But Antioch was one of the great cities of the eastern Roman Empire, and its conquest by the Arabs was significant, if anticlimactic. The… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: Antioch surrenders to the Arabs (637)

May 18: a bad date for the Crusades

Now, when I say that May 18 was bad for the Crusaders, not just for the people who wound up being the Crusaders’ victims, what I’m talking about are two sieges that ended on the same date but 23 years apart: the Siege of Antioch (1268) and the Siege of Acre (1291). Source: May 18:… Continue reading May 18: a bad date for the Crusades

Today in history: a lot of stuff

So many things happened on October 30 that relate to this blog’s usual material that it would be impossible to pick just one to talk about. I’ve written about a few of them, and instead of reposting all of the I thought we could group them into one post. Source: Today in history: a lot… Continue reading Today in history: a lot of stuff

Today in Middle Eastern history: the Siege of Antioch ends, kind of (1098)

Make no mistake, without that Muslim disunity it’s hard to imagine the First Crusade being any more successful than any of the others, which is to say “not at all” (unless you count that Fourth Crusade, which sure showed it to those…Greeks, I guess?), because the men leading it seem more or less to have… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the Siege of Antioch ends, kind of (1098)

May 18: a bad date for the Crusades

You know how we know that May 18 was a terrible date for the Crusades? Because I can say “May 18 was a terrible date for the Crusades” and not even include the Crusades-related massacre that happened in the German city of Worms on this date in 1096. That’s pretty bad. But we should include… Continue reading May 18: a bad date for the Crusades

Today in history: a lot of stuff

So many things happened on October 30 that relate to this blog’s usual material that it would be impossible to pick just one to talk about. Last year I wrote about three of them, but instead of reblogging all three I thought I’d just list them all here in chronological order. Antioch surrenders to the… Continue reading Today in history: a lot of stuff

May 18: a bad date for the Crusades

You know how we know that May 18 was a terrible date for the Crusades? Because I can say “May 18 was a terrible date for the Crusades” and not even include the Crusades-related massacre that happened in the German city of Worms on this date in 1096. That’s pretty bad. But we should include… Continue reading May 18: a bad date for the Crusades