Today in Middle Eastern history: the “People’s Crusade” gets depopulated (1096)

Yes, I was supposed to post this yesterday, but I forgot. Yes, I'm backdating it so that it doesn't confuse me later, because this is my blog and they let you do that sort of thing. Deal with it. In all the wonderful absurdity of the Crusades project, the fact that the First Crusade wasn’t … Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the “People’s Crusade” gets depopulated (1096)

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Today in Caucasian history: the Battle of Didgori (1121)

Georgian King David IV (d. 1125) is regarded as the restorer of the Georgian nation after its subjugation by the Seljuk Turks in the late 11th century, hence his epithet “The Builder” (or perhaps “The Rebuilder”). He’s also considered arguably the greatest ruler in Georgian history, in addition to being a saint in the Georgian … Continue reading Today in Caucasian history: the Battle of Didgori (1121)

Today in Middle Eastern history: the Battle of Manzikert (1071)

For some reason the end of August/beginning of September is a busy season for major battles in Middle Eastern history, like Yarmouk, Chaldiran, and Marj Dabiq. There’s another one coming in a couple of days and another a few days after that, but we’re getting ahead of ourselves. You could argue that of all of these major battles, … Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the Battle of Manzikert (1071)