Norwegian Crusade

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Norwegian Crusade
Magnussonnenes saga 2 - G. Munthe.jpg
King Sigurd sails from the country by Gerhard Munthe.
Date 1107-1110
Location Iberia, Balearic Islands, Palestine
Result Norwegians won some short battles and crusaders gained control over some land
Territorial
changes
Lordship of Sidon created
Participants
Christendom:

Royal Standard of Norway.svg Kingdom of Norway
Armoiries de Jérusalem.svg Kingdom of Jerusalem
 Republic of Venice

Saracens:

Flag of Morocco 1147 1269.svg Almoravids


Pirates


Fatimid flag.svg Fatimid Caliphate

Commanders and leaders
Royal Standard of Norway.svg Sigurd I of Norway

Armoiries de Jérusalem.svg Baldwin I of Jerusalem
Republic of Venice Ordelafo Faliero

Strength
Norwegians:
~ 5,000 men, 60 galleys[1]
Unknown
Casualties and losses
Unknown Two towns may have been destroyed in Iberia. Many people killed in other places.


The Norwegian Crusade was one of several religious wars in which European countries fought against Muslims in Turkey and the Middle East. The First Crusade was 1095-1099. The Norwegian Crusade was next, from 1107 to 1110. King Sigurd I led the crusade.[2] Sigurd was the first European king to go on crusade to the Holy Land. He did not lose any battles. The Norwegian crusade seems to have been similar to earlier Viking raids.[1]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 Krag, Klaus. "Sigurd 1 Magnusson Jorsalfare". Norsk biografisk leksikon. http://www.snl.no/.nbl_biografi/Sigurd_1_Magnusson_Jorsalfare/utdypning.
  2. Riley-Smith, 1986, p. 132