Bohemond I and his Forces Lead First Crusade Across Adriatic Sea

Bohemond I and his Forces Lead First Crusade Across Adriatic Sea

Bohemond I

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Bohemond I (Bohemond of Otranto, Bohémond De Tarente), prince of Otranto (1089-1111) and one of the leaders of the First Crusade, leads his troops across the Adriatic Sea and lands at Dyrrachion (modern Durres, Albania). Bohemond's force isn't the largest Crusader army, but it is the first to cross the Adriatic.

Bohemond's motives will be the subject of debate among historians. Some will believe that he was inspired by the zeal of passing Crusaders and chose their cause for his own. Others will argue that he was simply opportunistic and saw in their cause a means for acquiring some land, power, and titles for himself.

Bohemond will be largely responsible for the capture of Antioch (modern Antakya, Turkey), and for this reason he will be able to secure the title of Prince of Antioch (1098-1101, 1103-04).

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