The Siege of Damietta of 1249 was part of the Seventh Crusade. Louis IX of France landed at Damietta in 1249. Egypt would, Louis thought, provide a base from which to attack Jerusalem, and its wealth and supply of grain would keep the crusaders fed and equipped. On June 6 Damietta was taken with little resistance from the Egyptians, who withdrew further up the Nile. Louis was able to build a stockade for the whole Crusade camp with the wood from 24 captured Egyptian trebuchets.
The Hébertists were the partisans of Jacques Hébert, the radical revolutionary journalist, in the Legislative Assembly and National Convention during the French Revolution. They were ardent supporters of the atheistic Cult of Reason, supported using force to dechristianize France, and were opposed to Robespierre's deist Cult of the Supreme Being.