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  • Writer's pictureGeorge Castrioti

April 6th, 1250 - The Battle of Fariskur

Conflict: Seventh Crusade

Combatants: Crusaders vs. Egyptians

Location: Egypt

Outcome: Egyptian victory


After a failed attempt to capture Cairo and a defeat at Mansura, French Crusader Louis IX had begun a long retreat back to Damietta. At Fariskur, the Europeans were attacked again by Moslem pursuers. The army of Crusaders was destroyed and Louis himself captured. He later agreed to pay a ransom of 800,00 gold livres.


Louis IX, dit Saint Louis, Roi de France by Emile Signol

Points of Interest:

  • The Seventh Crusade was launched in an attempt to retake Jerusalem from the Moslems, but Louis' army was defeated without even leaving Egypt.

  • Louis IX was canonized by the Catholic Church in 1297.


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Sources:


Dupuy, R. Ernest & Dupuy, Trevor N. (1993). The Harper's Encyclopedia of Military History. New York: HarperCollins.


Eggenberger, David (1985). An Encyclopedia of Battles: Accounts of Over 1,560 Battles from 1479 B.C. to the Present. New York: Dover Publications, Inc.



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