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Millennium: 2nd millennium
1247 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar1247
Ab urbe condita2000
Armenian calendar696
Assyrian calendar5997
Balinese saka calendar1168–1169
Bengali calendar654
Berber calendar2197
English Regnal year31 Hen. 3 – 32 Hen. 3
Buddhist calendar1791
Burmese calendar609
Byzantine calendar6755–6756
Chinese calendar丙午年 (Fire Horse)
3943 or 3883
    — to —
丁未年 (Fire Goat)
3944 or 3884
Coptic calendar963–964
Discordian calendar2413
Ethiopian calendar1239–1240
Hebrew calendar5007–5008
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat1303–1304
 - Shaka Samvat1168–1169
 - Kali Yuga4347–4348
Holocene calendar11247
Igbo calendar247–248
Iranian calendar625–626
Islamic calendar644–645
Japanese calendarKangen 5 / Hōji 1
Javanese calendar1156–1157
Julian calendar1247
Korean calendar3580
Minguo calendar665 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar−221
Thai solar calendar1789–1790
Tibetan calendar阳火马年
(male Fire-Horse)
1373 or 992 or 220
    — to —
(female Fire-Goat)
1374 or 993 or 221
King James I of Aragon (above) during a council led by the bishop of Huesca.

Year 1247 (MCCXLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar.


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  • June 17 – Egyptian forces under Sultan As-Salih Ayyub capture Tiberias and his castle. Mount Tabor and Belvoir Castle are occupied soon afterward. Next, Ayyub moves his army to siege Ascalon – which is defended by a garrison of Knights Hospitaller. They summon the help from Acre and Cyprus.[3]
  • Summer – King Henry I (the Fat) sends a Cypriot squadron of 8 galleys with 100 knights led by Baldwin of Ibelin, to Acre. With the support of the Italian colonists, they fitted out 7 more galleys and some 50 lighter ships, to relieve the siege at Ascalon – which is now blockaded by the Egyptian fleet.[4]
  • The Egyptian fleet (some 20 galleys) confronts the Crusader ships led by Baldwin of Ibelin at Ascalon. But before contact is made, it is caught in a sudden Mediterranean storm. Many of the Muslim ships are driven ashore and wrecked; the survivors sail back to Egypt.
  • October 15 – Egyptian forces under As-Salih Ayyub capture Ascalon by surprise – while a battering-ram forces a passageway under the walls right into the citadel. Most of the defenders are massacred, and the remainder of the garrison is taken prisoner.[5]

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  7. ^  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Ferrers". Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 10 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 286.