Bohemond (1050-1111) was the nickname, intending ‘Giant’, of Marc, firstborn son of Robert Guiscard who disinherited him afterward a second marriage. Bohemond served in Guiscard’s expedition versus Byzantium in 1083-5. His engagement in the First Crusade has been ascertained as the act of a baffled man but he delighted a strong attitude in southern Italy. The only leader of the Crusade to have compelled a major regular army, he distinguished himself militarily, fighting well at Dorylaeum on 1 July 1097, ensuring the defeat of a Damascene assuagement army in December 1097, and compelling at the Lake battle on 2 February 1098. He entered Antioch by betrayal on 1-2 June 1098 and led the crusaders to victory across Kerbogah on 28 July 1098. Because he kept Antioch, opposed to the curse of all the leaders to return it to Byzantium, and didn’t advance to Jerusalem, he has been ascertained as a cynical user of the crusade, as yet he visited Jerusalem at Christmas Day 1099.

In 1100 he was appropriated by the Turks. Discharged in 1103, he faced Byzantine attempts to regain Antioch, so he aroused a crusade in the West which attacked Byzantium in 1107. He was defeated and coerced to peace by the accord of Devol in September 1108, though Antioch stayed under his nephew Tancred. He died in southern Italy.


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