The Taking of Antioch in 1097
The Taking of Antioch in 1097 (The First Crusade)
Following this, the garrison of Antioch made another futile rally but were again beaten back by the Crusaders. The siege went on until Bohemond persuaded a traitor in the garrison to open a window in a tower. The Crusaders poured into the city, and in an orgy of killing all of Antioch, except the Citadel, was taken by the following evening, with Yaghi-Siyan also being slain.
Four days later a great army under Kerbogha, the Atabeg of Mosul, arrived and encamped outside the city. Kerboga launched a strong assault from the Citadel downhill into the city but was beaten back in a fierce fight.
The Europeans had little food and could not endure a siege, so Bohemond marched his entire force, now mostly on foot, out of the city. Maneuvering smartly in the face of the enemy, the Crusaders advanced on the Turkish Army, which bolted almost immediately. Thousands of the fleeing soldiers were overtaken and killed along the riverbank. Kerboga and a few survivors from his once powerful army made their way back to Mosul. After this decisive victory the Citadel of Antioch surrendered. The Crusaders now stood ready to move onto their next objective, Jerusalem.