June 7th 1099: Siege of Jerusalem begins
On this day in 1099 during the First Crusade, the Siege of Jerusalem began. The Crusade was called by Pope Urban II in 1095 to rid the Holy Land of Muslim presence. The siege of Jerusalem lasted until July 15th and saw the Crusaders capture the holy city from Fatmid Egypt. It was after this siege that the Crusaders massacred much of Jerusalem’s population, with some sources from the time claiming the blood in the streets reached their ankles and even the bridles of their horses.