Monthly Archives: May 2017

Bohemund in Glory and Shame, 1104-1111

Bohemund, son of the Norman who conquered Sicily, was described as a tiger by Anna Comnena, Alexios’s daughter. His ferocious assault on Albania in past years had advertised Norman strength, and when he set out as a leader in 1097, … Continue reading

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Hostages and ransoms, 1103-1108

Keeping up with the Roupenians: “Baby Blues” [Morphia’s baby is due, but her husband is in Mosul. Her father just got killed, and now Arda has a divorce shocker! How will the family cope?] By 1103, Count Baldwin II of … Continue reading

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Mt. Pilgrim and the Legacy of Raymond, 1101-5

Raymond of Toulouse had taken a vow not to return home. He had missed out on the prizes of Antioch and Jerusalem, but his army had taken some towns and forts in the vicinity of Tripoli. Among these early captures … Continue reading

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The Crusade of the Faint-Hearted, 1101-1102

The entry before this one is dated May, 20, 2014, titled “Good cops and bad ones: Caesarea in 1101.” link In 1101, the new Pope Paschal called for another wave of pilgrim fighters to go east. Some of them were … Continue reading

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