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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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celin was a chief renowned among the Franks for his shining valor, recent
examples of which he had displayed in vigorous although unsuccessful attacks
on the Hauran and Ascalon districts in the late winter, spring, and summer
of 1119. 
 The new ruler of Edessa, continuing his policy of the offensive, twice successfully
invaded the WãdI Bu~nãn and the Syrian bank of the Euphrates.
He then advanced on Manbij, Naqirah, and the eastern part of the province
of Aleppo. But, upon his arrival at Ravendan in pursuit of a body of Turks
who had crossed the Euphrates, a battle ensued in which he suffered defeat
and sustained the loss of many of his warriors. 
 Apparently encouraged by the reverse administered to Joscelin, t1-Ghãzi
and his nephew Belek now launched twin blows at the Franks. The former invaded
the principality of Antioch but suffered defeat. The latter assembled a large
army, advanced on a~nd encamped before Edessa for four days, and ravaged
the entire countryside. Departing in May i 120, he passed by Sarüj and
stealthily crossed the Euphrates on May z6 and proceeded from Tell Bashir
to Kesoun. Joscelin hastened from Raban, a stronghold in the northern part
of the county of Edessa, to Kesoun and Behesni, where he raised an army.
Setting out in pursuit of the Turks, he fell on them and killed a thousarild
warriors. I1-Ghãzi thereupon fell back and, turning towards the principality
of Antioch, encamped near cAzãz. Then, following a single day's pause
before Antioch and a few days' halt in the territory of Rugia, he retired
toward Qinnasrin. The lack of booty, together with persistent Frankish attacks,
led to growing discontent in his army and increasing desertions. Fortunately
for tl-Ghãzi, Tughtigin arrived with reinforcements in the nick of
time. Meanwhile the Franks, in response to an appeal from Antioch for aid,
marched out in June from Jerusalem to do battle under Baldwin's banner and
effected a juncture with Joscelin's forces in Antioch. Despite the lack of
food and water and constant harassing attacks by the Moslems, they maintained
their ranks and reached Macarrat_ Mi~rIn safely. Aware of the superiority
of the Frankish cavalry horses and the inferiority of their own and, in consequence,
fearful of a sudden and victorious Frankish attack, the Moslem commanders
withdrew their troops to Aleppo; thereupon the Franks returned to Antioch.
An armistice providing for the undisturbed possession of Macarrat~Misrin,
Kafartãb, and Albara by the Franks until March 1121 was arranged shortly
thereafter. But this considerable gain by the Franks was partly offset by
tl-Ghazi's de 

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