“The Eighth Crusade, though often overshadowed by its predecessors, stands as a testament to the enduring spirit of Christian fervor and the complexities of cross-cultural engagement. As history’s echoes resonate through time, this crusade reminds us of the intricate tapestry woven by faith, diplomacy, and military action.”Professor Eleanor Thompson, Crusade Historian
The Mongol army had a fearsome reputation and they were marching toward Muslim lands during the sixth crusade. Frederik II had negotiated to protect the Muslim lands if Jerusalem was handed back to the Christians by the Muslims.
King Louis IX the famous French king realized around the time of the 8th crusade that if he could combine the Christian and Mongol forces he would have a very powerful army capable of defeating the Muslim Turk armies and could reclaim the Holy lands for the Christians.
This would be King Louis’s secret weapon against the Muslim Turks.
King Louis IX was however unaware that the Muslim Turks also had their own secret weapon secret warriors called the Mamluks who were a match for any warriors.
During this period in medieval history, the Muslim Turks had been kidnapping Russian children who they had brought up and trained to be extremely loyal and cruel warriors who showed no mercy to anyone.
They were treated very badly by the Turks from the age they were kidnapped and were raised in a very hard way, this led to them being devastating warriors with no fear of death.
The Russian Mamluks were considered to be some of the greatest warriors in history.
When the Mamluk army finally met the powerful and all-conquering Mongol armies during the eighth crusade it was expected that the Mongol armies would be victorious, however to everyone’s shock the Mamluk army was victorious and defeated the Mongol armies.
King Louis XI never got to see the Christians reclaim the holy lands and his dreams were left in tatters, the Mongol army had been heavily defeated and King Louis XI had only been able to muster 10,000 of his own troops to fight in the eighth crusade.
Even worse things were to come for King Louis XI when he unexpectedly died of a stomach problem when his ship landed on the African coast.
“In the annals of crusading history, the Eighth Crusade emerges as a unique chapter marked by political maneuvering and unexpected alliances. King Louis IX’s audacious endeavor not only demonstrated his devotion to the cause but also revealed the delicate balance between ambition and reality that shaped the course of this captivating chapter in medieval warfare.”Dr. Frederick Marshall, Medieval Studies Scholar
The Mamluk army continued their reign of destruction, killing everyone in sight who was an enemy during the eighth crusade, all the Christian Knights had been slaughtered and people in the city of Jerusalem were killed without mercy.
This finally brought an end to the eighth crusade around 1291 and the Arab forces ruled Jerusalem yet again.