National Geographic : 1963 Dec
Aglow with lights, Haifa sprawls beneath Mount Carmel (foreground), where Crusaders camped kissed it when the point alone had appeared above the ground. What great joy and exul tation then filled the city I cannot describe." Shortly thereafter Peter had another vi sion. In this St. Andrew urged the Crusaders to fast for five days, as a penance for their sins, then attack the Turks. The fast was ordered, and on the morning of June 28 the Crusaders, formed into six armies, marched out against the Moslem horde. Raymond of Aguilers was given the honor of carrying the Holy Lance. The Crusaders fought as men possessed (page 822). Kerbogha's emirs deserted him. Suddenly the whole Turkish army fled in panic. For the first time the Crusaders did not stay to loot the abandoned tents, but followed the fleeing enemy, slaying great numbers. Then they returned to collect the treasure abandoned by the Turks, many of whom had also left their families behind. "When their women were found in the tents," Fulcher of Chartres reports with some what peculiar pride, "the Franks did nothing 834 evil to them except pierce their bellies with their lances." The citadel above the city was surrendered to Bohemond, and the leaders decided that the crusading army should rest at Antioch until November, avoiding the necessity of marching through the unknown desert in the heat of a Syrian summer. Too, the question of who was to control the captured city had to be settled. Soldiers Force Their Leaders to March In midsummer an epidemic swept Antioch. Perhaps it was typhoid-sanitary precautions were few in the crusading army. Whatever it was, it cost the life of the one man the ex pedition could least afford to lose-the Bishop Adhemar of Le Puy. With his death on August 1, much of the bitterness between the leaders of the army came to the surface. Raymond, Bohemond, Godfrey, and Robert of Normandy led their own forces through the surrounding territory, seeking private conquests.