Battle of Artah

Battle of Artah
Part of the First Crusade
Date20 April 1105
LocationArtah, northern Syria
ResultCrusader victory
Belligerents
Coat of Arms of the House of Hauteville (according to Agostino Inveges).svg Principality of AntiochSeljuqs Eagle.svg Seljuk Turks of Aleppo
Commanders and leaders
Tancred of GalileeFakhr al-Mulk Radwan
General Sabawa
Strength

10,000


1,000 cavalry
9,000 infantry

7,000+


Unknown cavalry
7,000 infantry
Casualties and losses
UnknownNearly all infantrymen killed

The Battle of Artah was fought in 1105 between Crusader forces and the Seljuk Turks at the town of Artah near Antioch. The Turks were led by Fakhr al-Mulk Radwan of Aleppo, while the Crusaders were led by Tancred, Prince of Galilee, regent of the Principality of Antioch. The Crusaders were victorious and proceeded to threaten Aleppo itself.

Background

After the great Crusader defeat at the Battle of Harran in 1104, all of Antioch's strongholds east of the Orontes River were abandoned.[1] In order to raise additional Crusader reinforcements, Bohemond of Taranto embarked for Europe, leaving Tancred as regent in Antioch. The new regent began to patiently recover the lost castles and walled towns.

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