First Crusade

Walter Sans Avoir
Reception of Walter Sans Avoir by the King of Hungary, who permitted him to pass through his territory with the Crusaders. ©Image Attribution forthcoming. Image belongs to the respective owner(s).
1096 May 10

Walter Sans Avoir

Belgrade, Serbia

Walter Sans Avoir, a few thousand French crusaders left before Peter and reached Hungary on 8 May, passing through Hungary without incident and arriving at the river Sava at the border of the Byzantine territory at Belgrade. The Belgrade commander was taken by surprise, having no orders on what to do with them, and refused entry, forcing the crusaders to pillage the countryside for food. This resulted in skirmishes with the Belgrade garrison and, to make matters worse, sixteen of Walter's men had tried to rob a market in Zemun across the river in Hungary and were stripped of their armor and clothing, which was hung from the castle walls.


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