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)

Conflict update: December 23 2016

Barring some kind of major happening I’m out for the next couple of days. Merry Christmas to those who are celebrating it and Happy Hanukkah to those who are celebrating it. To those who are celebrating both, stop hoarding all the presents. Now, one last dose of (mostly) bad news for you all. Israel-Palestine I… Continue reading Conflict update: December 23 2016

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)

ISIS expanding into Africa; looking for a new safe haven?

A message posted to a website linked to ISIS today included a claim of responsibility for yesterday’s devastating attack on the Bardo Museum in Tunis, which killed 23 people. So far nine people have been arrested over the attack and the Tunisian army has been deployed in major cities to try to prevent any further… Continue reading ISIS expanding into Africa; looking for a new safe haven?