Today in History: The Third Crusade’s Siege of Acre begins (1189)

On (or around) August 28, 1189, an army led by the titular “King of Jerusalem” Guy of Lusignon, who had in point of fact lost Jerusalem to the armies of Saladin almost 2 years earlier, laid siege to the city of Acre. The siege would last almost two years until the forces of the Third… Continue reading Today in History: The Third Crusade’s Siege of Acre begins (1189)

May 18: a bad date for the Crusades

Now, when I say that May 18 was bad for the Crusaders, not just for the people who wound up being the Crusaders’ victims, what I’m talking about are two sieges that ended on the same date but 23 years apart: the Siege of Antioch (1268) and the Siege of Acre (1291). Source: May 18:… Continue reading May 18: a bad date for the Crusades

May 18: a bad date for the Crusades

You know how we know that May 18 was a terrible date for the Crusades? Because I can say “May 18 was a terrible date for the Crusades” and not even include the Crusades-related massacre that happened in the German city of Worms on this date in 1096. That’s pretty bad. But we should include… Continue reading May 18: a bad date for the Crusades

May 18: a bad date for the Crusades

You know how we know that May 18 was a terrible date for the Crusades? Because I can say “May 18 was a terrible date for the Crusades” and not even include the Crusades-related massacre that happened in the German city of Worms on this date in 1096. That’s pretty bad. But we should include… Continue reading May 18: a bad date for the Crusades

Today in History: The Third Crusade’s Siege of Acre begins (1189)

On August 28, 1189, a Crusader army under the command of “King of Jerusalem” (in reality Saladin had captured Jerusalem almost 2 years earlier) Guy of Lusignon laid siege to the city of Acre, which Saladin had also conquered on his way to Jerusalem. The siege would last almost two years until the Crusaders, by… Continue reading Today in History: The Third Crusade’s Siege of Acre begins (1189)