This Day in Jewish History / Crusaders break through defenses and conquer Jerusalem
Eyewitness reported that soldiers were 'riding in blood to their knees, and up to the reins of the horses’ as locals fled for their lives.
On July 15, 1099, the Crusader siege of Jerusalem succeeded in breaking through the Fatimid defense of the city and conquering it. Taking possession of the site where Jesus had been crucified and, according to tradition, resurrected, was the stated purpose of the First Crusade, and it resulted in the establishment of the Kingdom of Jerusalem (1099-1291).
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