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… Continue reading Today in North African history: the Eighth Crusade ends (1270)

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 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

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 to military figures and to the canonical numbered Crusades (so we’re not including the… Continue reading Today in North African history: the Eighth Crusade ends (1270)