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- Catalan mercenary Reverter de La Guardia, the main Almoravid commander in the Maghrid al-Aqsa, dies. His elimination opens the regions to the troops of the Almohads.
- December 24 – The County of Edessa falls to Zengi of Mosul (see Siege of Edessa). Raymond of Poitiers, Prince of Antioch, sends Bishop Hugh of Jabala to seek the aid of Pope Eugene III, while Manuel I Comnenus brings Raymond under Byzantine influence.
- Louis VII of France capitulates to Pope Celestine II, and so earns the pope's absolution.
- Normandy comes under Angevin control, under Geoffrey of Anjou.
- The city of Montauban, France, is founded.
- The city of Ljubljana, Slovenia, is first mentioned in historical records.
- Giordano Pierleoni founds the revolutionary Commune of Rome.
- The Byzantines fail to reconquer Malta.
- March 12 – Pope Lucius II succeeds Pope Celestine II, as the 166th pope.
- March 22 – The first example of an anti-Semitic blood libel is recorded in England, in connection with the murder of William of Norwich.
- June 11 – The Basilica of St Denis near Paris, in the Kingdom of France, is consecrated, as the first Gothic church.
- The Priory in Lesmahagow, Scotland, is founded by the Benedictines.
- The first Knights Templar stronghold is established in the Kingdom of León and Castile.
- March 8 – Pope Celestine II
- March 22 – William of Norwich, English child murder victim
- July 27 – Salomea of Berg, Politically active High Duchess consort of Poland
- September – Geoffrey de Mandeville, 1st Earl of Essex
- Picard C. (1997) La mer et les musulmans d'Occident au Moyen Age. Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, pp.76
- Daniel Mallinus, La Yougoslavie, Éd. Artis-Historia, Brussels, 1988, D/1988/0832/27, p. 37–39.
- Fletcher, R. A. (1987). "Reconquest and Crusade in Spain c. 1050-1150". Transactions of the Royal Historical Society. 5. 37: 31–47 . JSTOR 3679149.