Baldwin, M. W. (ed.) / Volume I: The first hundred years
XIV: Zengi and the fall of Edessa, pp. 448-462 PDF (15.6 MB)
462 A HISTORY OF THE CRUSADES I of confinement and thereafter carried him with him on his expeditions. Late in the same year he began to make preparations for a decisive attack on Damascus and had actually set out when, early in 1146, an Armenian plot to restore Edessa to Joscelin changed his plans. Probably moved by suspicions of an understanding between Joscelin and his former ally, the Artukid Timurtash, he turned against the latter, seized Tall ash-Shaikh, and after further operations moved southwards to reduce another ally of the Franks, the cuqailid Arab prince of Dausar, or Qa1~at Ja~bar, at the eastward bend of the Euphrates. Here, on the night of September 14, 1146, he was assassinated by one of his slaves. The first reactions of the troops on the report of Zengi's death showed that his fears of a Selchflkid revolution in Mosul had not been without foundation. An eye-witness account describes their demonstrations against Zengi's officers and vizir in favor of the SeichUkid malik Alp Arsian. But before he could seize the opportunity, ~Ali KUchUk, who had been left in command at Mosul, in agreement with the vizir Jamal-ad-DIn, summoned Zengi's eldest son, Saif-ad-Din Ghazl, from his fief at Shahrazur and installed him. On his advance towards the city Alp Arslan was seized, imprisoned, and never seen again. While the issue at Mosul was still in doubt the governors of Hamah and Aleppo, al-Yaghislyani and Sevar, led back the Syrian contingents accompanied by Zengi's second son Nür-ad-DIn Malimud, and set him up in his father's place at Aleppo. The era of Moslem expansion which had begun under Zengi was to continue with almost unabated success under Nür-ad-DIn.
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