Today in Middle Eastern history: the Siege of Acre ends (1191)

When it concluded in 1191, after Philip II of France and Richard I of England had arrived and assumed leadership of the Christian army, the Crusader siege of Acre had become the first major engagement of the Third Crusade. But at its start, in 1189, the siege was really the end of the campaign that saw Saladin (d. 1193) take Jerusalem in 1187. The siege was initially led by Guy of Lusignan (d. 1194), AKA King Guy of Jerusalem, who needed both to retaliate for the loss of Jerusalem and to capture himself a new city in which to hold court.

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