The Crusades

The Eighth Crusade


Perturbed by the regular attacks on remaining crusader states in Syria by the Mamluk Sultan, Baibars, Louis led calls for another crusade. Despite lacking in support from Europe, Louis set sail for Tunis, capital of the modern day Tunisian Republic, though poor conditions endured by his troops in the hot July weather made progress impossible. The son of the king died in August, followed less than a month later by the king. Under the new leadership of the king’s brother, Charles, the siege of Tunis was abandoned and peace agreed with the Sultan.