The Crusaders set up a siege of Antioch. The vast size of the city makes it impossible to fully encircle. What follows is a battle of attrition as the Crusaders wait for the Turkic garrison to make a mistake and the garrison await reinforcements. Meanwhile Alexios makes his way to the centre of the Anatolian plateau to consolidate the return of Byzantine power. He also awaits news from Antioch.
Time Stamps – each section is broken up by our drum sound effect
03.06-08.47 Why did the Crusaders have to capture Antioch?
08.48-14.22 Baldwin at Edessa
14.23-17.14 The political fragmentation of Syria
17.15-27.35 The geography of Antioch
27.36-33.52 Early stages of the siege
33.53-46.35 Winter stalemate. Suffering and desertions. Bohemond and Robert of Flanders drive off forces from Damascus
46.36-54.42 Victory over the forces of Aleppo
54.43-62.18 More fully surrounding the city
62.19-77.09 Antioch falls
77.10-84.24 The Crusaders besieged. Kerbogah attacks from the Citadel
84.25-87.46 Desperation and talk of surrender
87.47-92.03 Alexios goes home
92.04-100.19 The final battle
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Fine I’ll look at the damn map!!!
I’m guessing that the Crusaders didn’t do the obvious and try to build a bridge upstream because the engineers would have been too open to attack before they could get enough men across to hold it.
I feel like there’s a good opportunity for an alternate history there, because if Alexios had been able to land a thousand men or so at Saint Symeon they would have had enough manpower to protect the bridge building operation and Antioch might have fallen much more smoothly.