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27 Jul

Bohemond I of Antioch (c. 1056 – 1111)

Bohemond I was Prince of Taranto who fought against the Byzantine Empire and joined his nephew Tancred (later Prince of Galilee) on the First Crusade in 1096. After the fall of Antioch in 1098 Bohemond I made himself Prince of Antioch. He was captured by the Muslims in 1100 but returned to Antioch after paying a ransom in 1103. One year later, he was decisively defeated by the Seljuk Turks in the Battle of Harran which was followed by the Byzantine attack on Cilia. Bohemond I returned to Europe to gain reinforcements but instead of defending Antioch he decided to attack the Byzantine Empire. His military campaign against the Byzantine Empire failed and he never returned to Antioch.

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