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'''Walter Sans-Avoir''', also known as '''Walter the Penniless''', was one of the leaders of the [[People's Crusade]], the initial stage of the [[First Crusade]] which started in 1096.
 
'''Walter Sans-Avoir''', also known as '''Walter the Penniless''', was one of the leaders of the [[People's Crusade]], the initial stage of the [[First Crusade]] which started in 1096.
   
A minor [[lord]], the impoverished Walter led a small force from [[France]] to Constantinople and was joined by a large army of peasants led by [[Peter the Hermit]]. They crossed the [[Bosphorus]] and, despite the urgings of [[Alexius I]] to wait for the large professional armies gathering in western [[Europe]], promptly engaged the [[Turk]]s.
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A minor [[lord]], the impoverished Walter led a small force from [[France]] to Constantinople and was joined by a large [[army]] of peasants led by [[Peter the Hermit]]. They crossed the [[Bosphorus]] and, despite the urgings of [[Alexius I]] to wait for the large professional armies gathering in western [[Europe]], promptly engaged the [[Turk]]s.
   
Walter led a force, made mostly of [[German]]s, to the castle of [[Xerigordon]], where they were be[[siege]]d. As the castle lacked an adequate supply of [[water]], the defenders suffered greatly before being overrun and massacred; Walter himself died in the final defense.
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Walter led a force, made mostly of [[German]]s, to the [[castle]] of [[Xerigordon]], where they were be[[siege]]d. As the castle lacked an adequate supply of [[water]], the defenders suffered greatly before being overrun and massacred; Walter himself died in the final defense.
   
 
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Latest revision as of 13:08, 9 April 2020

Walter Sans-Avoir, also known as Walter the Penniless, was one of the leaders of the People's Crusade, the initial stage of the First Crusade which started in 1096.

A minor lord, the impoverished Walter led a small force from France to Constantinople and was joined by a large army of peasants led by Peter the Hermit. They crossed the Bosphorus and, despite the urgings of Alexius I to wait for the large professional armies gathering in western Europe, promptly engaged the Turks.

Walter led a force, made mostly of Germans, to the castle of Xerigordon, where they were besieged. As the castle lacked an adequate supply of water, the defenders suffered greatly before being overrun and massacred; Walter himself died in the final defense.