krak des chevalier

also Sultan Baybars is like a really interesting historical figure like he started life as a peasant on the Steppes and was enslaved and sold as a teenager allegedly at a discount because he had cataracts and went on to be enlisted in the Mamluk corps and became Sultan of Egypt and Syria and his career as a military commander had him defeating two Frankish crusades and two Mongol invasions (including leading the vanguard at Ain Jalut which was the first time a Mongol invasion had been decisively defeated) and began the process of finishing off the Crusader States by capturing the gargantuan fortifications at Antioch and Krak des Chevaliers like maybe he’s not as well known in the West as Saladin bc instead of doing a whole frenemy thing with some Frankish kings he just obliterated them