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Baldwin, M. W. (ed.) / The first hundred years

XIII: The Growth of the Latin States, 1118-1144,   pp. 410-447 PDF (15.6 MB)

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414 A HISTORY OF THE CRUSADES Cf. above, chapter XII, p. 404.~See also S.
Runciman, History of the Crusades, II, 555. 
ently encamped on a hill near Dãnith (Tall Dãnith) where Roger
had won a victory in ii j5*3 Meanwhile, tl-Ghãzi, informed of the
Frankish plans, summoned his chiefs and prepared for a predawn attack on
the Franks, but the latter passed a sleepless night in preparation for the
contest. An inconclusive battle was fought on the following day, August 14.
tl-Ghãzi together with Tughtigin fled from the field; the former repaired
to Mardin to gather fresh forces. The Franks retired as well, Baldwin returning
to Antioch. 
 The indecisive character of the second battle of Dãnith is indicated
by the fact, illustrative of Moslem weakness, that Baldwin was able to reconquer
during the autumn of 1119 the Moslem strongholds of ZUr~, Kafar Rum, Kafar~ãb,
Sarmin, and Ma~arratMisrin. But al-Athãrib and Zardanã did
not fall into Frankish control, and the continued Moslem mastery of these
bastions meant the end, at least for the time being, of the threat to Aleppo's
security. The death of Roger and the decimation of the north Frankish soldiery
were advantages of the first importance to the Moslems.4 
 The political vacuum created in the principality of Antioch endangered the
very existence of the north Frankish political establishment. Accordingly,
the lay and clerical leaders of Antioch gave Baldwin carte blanche to govern
the principality. Continuing with the policies he inaugurated between the
death of Roger and the second battle of Dãnith, Baldwin bestowed the
goods of the fallen warriors on their children, provided the widows with
new spouses of equal rank, and reequipped the several fortresses. More important
still, he became the ruler of Antioch, for the Antiochenes now entrusted
their state to his care with the understanding that he would grant it to
Bohemond II, Bohemond I's son, when he attained his majority. The king's
ensuing rule, which continued until the arrival of Bohemond II in ixz6, indicated
that he was as careful of the principality as if it had been his own country.
Baldwin shortly thereafter completed his stabilization of the north Frankish
possessions and that of the county of Edessa, in particular, by calling Joscelin
from Tiberias, and, following his swearing of an oath of fealty, investing
him with the county of Edessa in late August or early September I I 19 and
charging him with the the task of opposing the Moslem incursions. Baldwin's
decision was a wise one, as Matthew of Edessa observes, for Jos 

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