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Siege of Acre

The seige of Acre (August 28, 1189 to July 12, 1191) was the focal point of the Third Crusade. After his release by Saladin, King Guy of Jerusalem led an expedition from Tyre, stationing his meager force on the high ground of Mount Torn just outside the port city of Acre. From this small beginning Guy's numbers began to swell as the western contingents sailed in. Saladin squandered an opportunity to break the cordon on 4 Oct 1189 after a Latin advance lost formation to loot the Abuyyid camp. News of Barbarossa imminent approach then resulted in a cautious division of Abuyyid forces to meet the northern threat. With the arrival of Richard and Philip Augustus in the summer of 1191, the balance swung decisively in the favor the Latins. The city was surrendered, 12 Jul 1191. It would remain in Christian hands until overrun by the Mamluks, 18 May 1291.

Owner/SourceBiblotheque Municipale de Lyon. Published in the U.S. before 1923 and public domain in the U.S.
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Linked toRichard I, King of England (Military); Leopold V von Babenburg, Duke of Austria (Military); Thibaut V de Blois, Count of Blois (Military); Huges III de Bourgogne, Duke of Burgundy (Arrival); Robert de Breteuil, 4th Earl of Leicester (Arrival); Henri II de Champagne, Count of Champagne, King of Jerusalem (Military); Jacques d'Avesnes, Seigneur d'Avesnes (Arrival); Philippe II de France, King of France (Arrival); Geoffroy IV de Joinville, Seigneur de Joinville (Death); Roger FitzJohn de Lacy, Constable of Chester (Military); Geoffroy de Lusignan, Seigneur de Vouvent (Military); Guy I de Lusignan, King of Jerusalem (Military); Nigel de Mowbray (Death); Guillaume des Roches, Seneschal of Anjou (Military); Robert IV de Sablé, Lord of Cyprus (Military); Konrad-Friedrich VI von Staufen, Duke of Swabia (Arrival); Ludwig III von Thüringen, Landgraf of Thuringia (Military)

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