Post-classical history

Bohemund VII of Antioch-Tripoli (d. 1287)

Prince of Antioch and count of Tripoli (1275-1287).

Bohemund succeeded to his much-reduced domains on the death of his father, Bohemund VI, in 1275 but remained in Cilicia with his mother’s relatives until he came of age in 1277. When he returned, Bohemund faced opposition from Guy II Embriaco, lord of Gibelet, and the Templars, which led to civil strife for the next five years. In 1282, Bohemund captured Guy and his two brothers and had them buried in sand up to their necks until they starved.

In 1281 Bohemund abandoned the long-standing alliance with the Mongols, and he signed a truce with the Mamlûks shortly before a Mongol invasion. However, in March 1287 Laodikeia (mod. Al-Lādhiqiyah, Syria), the last portion of the principality of Antioch, fell to the Mamlûk sultan Qalâwûn. Bohemund himself died on 19 October the same year. He was succeeded in the county of Tripoli by his sister Lucia. Two years later Tripoli itself fell and the long line of Norman princes of Syria ended.

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