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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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Ch. XIII THE GROWTH OF THE LATIN STATES 447 31 On Zengi's Edessan campaign,
see below, chapter XIV, p. 461. 
J oscelin dispatched messengers to Raymond of Antioch and queen Melisend
and besought their aid. Raymond, who was preoccupied with his quarrels with
the new Byzantine emperor, Manuel, re fused, but Melisend at once dispatched
a relief force, which arrived, however, too late to assist the defenders.
Meanwhile, the out numbered defenders put up a stout resistance and boldly
spurned Zengi's peace proposals and demands for their surrender. But it was
to no avail. The Moslem chieftain pressed on unceasingly and at length captured
Edessa in late December 1144. Zengi presently followed up his triumph over
Edessa by a victorious sweep through the trans-Euphratean part of the county
of Edessa.' 
 The price of political disunity had been heavy. The generation of the 1140's,
no more prescient of future disaster than that of the 1930's, had played
the isolationist game and had lost. The Moslem revanche, now in its crescendo,
had scored its first signal triumph. It is important to understand the course
of this develop ment and the nature of Zengi's success in its Moslem setting,
to which we turn in the next chapter. 

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