Today in Middle Eastern history: the Battle of Montgisard (1177)

Although he’s well-regarded as a military leader for having retaken Jerusalem from the Crusaders in 1187, Saladin’s military career was  not without its setbacks. Richard the Lionheart handed him a couple of defeats during the Third Crusade, for example, though ultimately that crusade failed to achieve its goal. There’s also the 1177 Battle of Montgisard, in which Saladin’s first attempt at capturing Jerusalem was decisively ended in what is now central Israel by an outnumbered Crusader army under King Baldwin IV.

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