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To what extent was the Crusaders success at Antioch due to the leadership of Bohemond?

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?To what extent was the Crusaders success at Antioch due to the leadership of Bohemond?? Bohemond ruled over the crusade as a part of a committee of nobles. Bohemond was one of the most important of these leaders. Antioch was described by Stephen of Blois as "a city great beyond belief, very strong and unassailable". Its capture was dependent on the finding of a traitor in the city willing to provide the Crusaders with the knowledge and opportunities to capture the city, due to his connection with Firouz, one of the commanders in the city; but he would not bring matters to an issue until the possession of the city was assured him (May 1098), under the terror of the approach of Kerbogha with a relief army, and with a reservation in favour of Alexius, if Alexius should fulfil his promise to aid the crusaders. ...read more.

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The battle which set the tone of the whole siege was the battle against Duqaq of Damascus. Duqaq was a powerful leader and his army had been inflicted with heavy causalities due to the confrontation with Raymond and Bohemunds army. Despite this both sides were left with significant casualties, this postponed the crusade. The capture of the city was due to Bohemond?s plans to ignore his oaths to Alexius and set up an individual principality at Antioch. He tried to contract the ownership of the city from the other leaders if he somehow was able to construe its fall. Due to his connection with Firouz, one of the commanders in the city; but he would not bring matters to an issue until the possession of the city was assured him (May 1098 with a reservation in favour of Alexius, if Alexius should fulfil his promise to aid the crusaders. ...read more.

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From the Tower of the Two Sisters, the crusaders were able to open a postern gate, and make their way to the Gate of the Bridge, one of the main gates into the city. A Turkish-held fort, Harem, which lay some miles to the East of Antioch, also mounted repeated skirmish attacks. These were attacks were so troublesome that the crusaders built a fort, which they named Malregard, on a hill to the east of Bohemond's camp to protect this flank of the army. To help defend the road to St Symeon from raids launched through the Bridge Gate, Godfrey's forces built a bridge, the Bridge of Boats, across the Orontes to their rear. This allowed them to cross the river to meet attacks which had crossed via the Bridge Gate. ...read more.

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