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Today in Middle Eastern history: the Battle of Ascalon (1099)

The Battle of Ascalon is worth noting mostly insofar as it’s recognized as the “end” of the First Crusade. Of course, most Crusades historians nowadays will probably tell you that numbering the Crusades makes little sense (the flow of European soldiers to the east was not nearly that organized) and actually obscures the fact that the Crusader states along the eastern Mediterranean coast were a continuous presence there for almost two centuries, quite apart from the various calls for Crusade that went on in Europe. 558 more words

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Ascalon Book Review

I may have been overly ambitious with my reading this month. Or I chose a really short book. (It’s hard to tell on a Kindle.) Either way, I’ve finished my book, all of 3 days into the month. 502 more words