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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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Manbij to resume the siege, planning to leave the conduct of the investment
in the hands of Timurtash and to proceed himself to the rescue of Tyre which
was then being besieged by the Franks. But all his designs came to naught
when he was killed immediately thereafter on May 6 by an arrow discharged
by the besieged. Timurtash now succeeded Belek in the rule of Aleppo —
the dead chieftain had been so enraged by his cousin Sulaimãn's surrender
of al-Athãrib in 1123 that he had come to regard him as incapable
of effective leadership and had, accordingly, invested and captured Aleppo
in June 1123 — and presently transferred Belek's several noble captives,
including Baldwin and Galeran, to Shaizar. 
 The signal good fortune for the several crusading states and Edessa, in
particular, stemming from Belek's death was soon heralded by fresh attacks
upon the Moslems. Joscelin's lieutenant ravaged the canton of Shabakhtan
in May 1124. ~Umar al-Khãss, Timurtash's subordinate, met the Franks
in battle near Marj Aksãs and succeeded in killing most of them including
their leader. In compensation for his services, Timurtash rewarded him with
the civil and military rule of Aleppo. 
 The reverse suffered by the Moslem cause by the death of Belek in May was
now intensified by Timurtash's rash decision to release Baldwin, who agreed
on June 24 to surrender ~Azãz and to pay a very large ransom in return
for his freedom. In addition, he promised to make war on Dubais, the Arab
chieftain of Hula and Iraq and the mortal enemy of Timurtash. Joscelin and
the queen of Jerusalem negotiated with Timurtash concerning Baldwin's release
and surrendered to him as hostages Joscelin [II], Joscelin's son, and Baldwin's
young daughter Yvette together with fifteen other persons. Baldwin was released
shortly thereafter on August 29. Count Galeran and the king's nephew, however,
remained in Timurtash's hands and were presently executed. 
 Immediately thereafter, on September 6, Baldwin broke his agreement to surrender
~Azãz, alleging that the patriarch had forbidden him to do so. Then,
to make matters worse for Timurtash, Joscelin and Baldwin entered into negotiations
with Dubais, and, informed by him of the sympathy of the Aleppan population,
agreed not only to attack Aleppo but also, following its capture, to cede
itto him with the proviso that the authority over the property and population
of Aleppo be reserved to the Franks. Dubais thereupon advanced upon Marj
Dabiq and routed the forces of Timurtash. Despite Baldwin's treaty-breaking,
Timurtash continued his negotiations with him concerning the Frankish and

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