Louis VII of France Begins Siege of Damascus During Second Crusade Hot

Louis VII of France Begins Siege of Damascus During Second Crusade

Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem in 1135
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Second Crusade: Louis VII of France begins his siege of Damascus. Most of his army was killed off during the march across Anatolia, much like the army of Conrad III of Germany, so instead of the original target of Edessa, he chooses to march on Damascus because that's the preferred target of King Baldwin III of Jerusalem and the Knights Templar.

The siege is a disaster for the Christian Crusaders, forcing them to retreat back to Jerusalem. In fact, it's so much of a disaster that it will create significant distrust among the various leaders because they all blame each other for their defeat.

This distrust will last a generation and contributes significantly to the downfall of the Christian holdings in the Holy Land.

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