Sultan Baybars


 

Baybars laid siege to Crac des Chevaliers in 1271. He also unsuccessfully tried to kill the man who was to become Edward I of England.

 

 National Affiliation: Mamluk
Occupation: Sultan of Egypt
Enemies: Edward I, Crusaders
Castles: Crac des Chevaliers
Personality: Cool, Brave, Cutthroat

Baybars (also Baibars, or Abu I-Futuh) ruled as the Sultan of Egypt from 1260 until 1277. He was a tall, fair-skinned, and blue-eyed Turk that rose from slavery to the highest office in Muslim-controlled Middle East.

Baybars is best known for two decisive actions: the Battle of Ain Jalut and the defense of his Judean-proximate lands in the 7th, 8th, and 9th Crusades. At Ain Jalut, Baybars lured the Mongols into a trap of Muslim defenders in what would mark the furthest advance of the Khan’s power in Asia. Later he siezed the Sultanate from Qutuz via assassination.

Baybars laid siege to Crac des Chevaliers in 1271. He also unsuccessfully tried to kill the man who was to become Edward I of England.