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  • Writer's pictureGeorge Castrioti

July 1st, 1097 - The Battle of Dorylaeum

Conflict: First Crusade

Combatants: Crusaders vs. Turks

Location: Turkey

Outcome: Crusader victory

After investing the city of Nicaea, Byzantine emperor Alexis I (Alixes Comnenus) led his Crusader army southeastward through Turkey. The left column of the Crusader army, led by the Norman Bohemond, was attacked by cavalry under the command of Kilij Arslan. The entire Crusader column would have likely faced destruction had not the right hand column arrived, six hours later, to assault the Turks from the rear. Caught between the two columns, the Turks were driven to rout. Pursued by the Crusader knights, the Turks suffered as many as 30,000 casualties. The Crusaders had lost some 4,000 men.

Slaget vid Dorylaeum 1097 by Gustave Doré

Points of Interest:

  • The Crusaders would afterward push on to Antioch with little opposition.

  • Bohemund would become the first ruler of the Principality of Antioch in this Crusade (see the Battle of Orontes).

Bohemund I of Antioch by an unknown artist

Alexius I by an unknown artist

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