Siege of Jerusalem (1244)

Siege of Jerusalem
Part of the Crusades
DateJuly 15, 1244

Decisive Ayyubid-Khwarazmian victory

Flag of Ayyubid Dynasty.svg Ayyubid Sultanate
Vexillum Regni Hierosolymae.svg Kingdom of Jerusalem
Commanders and leaders
Flag of Ayyubid Dynasty.svg As-Salih Ayyub Vexillum Regni Hierosolymae.svg
Fewer Unknown
Casualties and losses
Unknown Unknown

The 1244 Siege of Jerusalem took place after the Sixth Crusade, when roaming Khwarazmians clans conquered the city on July 15, 1244.

Sequence of events[edit]

Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor led the Sixth Crusade to the Holy Land in 1228, and claimed the kingship of Jerusalem by right of his wife, Queen Yolande of Jerusalem, who had inherited the title of 'Queen of Jerusalem' from her mother, Maria of Montferrat, the wife of John of Brienne.[citation needed]

The size of Frederick II's army and his reputation was sufficient to regain Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth and a number of neighbouring castles by treaty from the Ayyubid Sultan Al-Kamil. However, Jerusalem did not remain for long in Christian hands, as there was not enough Christian-held hinterland to make it defensible.[citation needed]

The Ayyubids invited the free-roaming Khwarazmian clans, whose empire had been destroyed by the Mongols, to reconquer the city. In the siege and subsequent fall of the city in July, 1244, the Khwarazmians completely razed Jerusalem, leaving it in ruins and useless to both Christians and Muslims.[citation needed]

The Seventh Crusade (1248-1254) under Louis IX of France was motivated by this massacre, but it accomplished little except to play a part in the process of replacement of the Ayyubid sultans with the more powerful Mamluks, who were the Crusaders' main opponents from 1255.[citation needed]

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