Battle of Harenc, 9 February 1098 (First Crusade)
Battle during the first crusade siege of Antioch. Ridwan of Aleppo, titular overload of Antioch raised an army, and moved towards Antioch, occupying Harenc. The crusaders decided to launch an attack with their remaining 700 cavalry before Ridwan's army could cross the Iron Bridge. Trapped between the lake and the river, the Turks were unable make their greater numbers count and were forced into retreat by the attacks of the heavy crusader cavalry. Ridwan was forced to withdraw to Aleppo, and abandoned his attempt to relieve Antioch.
Nicolle, David, The First Crusade 1096-1099: Conquest of the Holy Land , Osprey Campaign Series, vol 132. The Osprey volume for the first crusade. Nicolle had a great depth of knowledge of middle-eastern history, which is reflected in this book.
How to cite this article: Rickard, J. (30 August 2001), Battle of Harenc, 9 February 1098, http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/battles_harenc1098.html
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