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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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struction of Zardana in June 1120 to prevent its capture by the Franks. 
 Apparently believing that he was not obligated to observe Baldwin's truce
with tl-Ghäzi, Joscelin ravaged Naqirah and alAlia~ in January 1121
on the pretext that the governor of Manbij had seized one of his prisoners
and had ignored his protests.5 Proceeding thence, he devastated the Wãdi
and then repaired to Tell Bashir to obtain new troops for further raids.
The Edessan chieftain's harsh treatment of his captives evoked indignant
protests from the governor of Aleppo to Baldwin, but the latter replied that
he had no authority over him. Joscelin then led a successful expedition against
the Moslems located in the territory of ~iffin to the south of the Euphrates,
attacked the town of Buza~ah, located northeast of Aleppo near the Wãdi
Bu~nãn, and succeeded in burning a part of its walls. In return for
a money payment on the part of the besieged, Joscelin raised the siege and
returned to his own county. 
 Shortly thereafter with the expiration of the truce between Baldwin and
the Moslems, the Franks resumed the offensive (April-June i izi). After a
successful raid upon the Shaizar country, which terminated in a short truce,
the Antiochene Franks, with J oscelin presumably one of their number, unleashed
two such unremitting attacks on the Moslem stronghold of al-Athãrib
at the beginning of May and so gravely threatened Aleppo that tl-GhãzI
ordered his son Sulaiman, the governor of al-Athãrib, to make peace
with the Franks. Joscelin, one of the chief negotiators, required the Turks
to relinquish their claims to Sarmin, al-Jazr, Lailun, and the northern part
of the province. In addition, all the environs of Aleppo were divided equally
between the Franks and the Moslems. tl-Ghãzi accepted the Frankish
demand that he surrender al-Athãrib, but the garrison stoutly refused
to carry out his promise and hence it remained in Moslem hands. Baldwin presently
left Jerusalem and ratified the new treaty.6 
 Meanwhile, Tughtigin, believing that Baldwin's dual role as king of Jerusalem
and bailli of Antioch prevented him from ruling both states effectively,
invaded the kingdom of Jerusalem and devastated the lands about Tiberias.
When Baldwin quickly 
 ~ KamAl-ad-Din (RHC, Or., III), pp. 6z~—6z6. Grousset, Croisades,
I, 578, concludes .that the "comte d' Edesse ... ne s'était peut-~tre
pas fait inclure dans la trêve." 
 6 Kamãl-ad-Din (RHC, Or., III), pp. 6z6—6z8; Usãmah
Ibn-Munqidh (ed. and tr. Derenbourg), I, 122—123. E. Rey, "Histoire
des princes d'Antioche," ROL, IV (1896), 351, believes that the refusal of
the Moslem garrison of al-Athãrib to surrender caused the treaty to
remain a dead letter until the end of Baldwin's campaign in October i izi.

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