Post-classical history

Gervase of Bazoches (d. 1108)

A probable participant in the First Crusade (1096-1099), and later lord of Tiberias (1106-1108).

Gervase was the second son of Milo, lord of Bazoches-sur- Vesle in the county of Soissons. He was appointed as lord of Tiberias by King Baldwin I of Jerusalem, as successor to Hugh of Fauquembergues (1106). In May 1108 he was captured while attempting to repel an invasion of Galilee by Tughtigin, atabeg of Damascus. Baldwin offered a large cash ransom for Gervase’s release, but would not accept Tughtigin’s demands for the surrender of the cities of Acre (mod. ‘Akko, Israel), Haifa (mod. Hefa, Israel), and Tiberias (mod. Teverya, Israel). Gervase was executed after refusing to convert to Islam.

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