Today in Middle Eastern history: the Battle of Arsuf (1191)

Of all the Crusades’ many failures, I think the Third Crusade stands out in terms of how close it actually came to succeeding. The First Crusade did actually succeed, as did the Sixth, at least on paper. The Second Crusade was doomed pretty much from the start, the Fourth Crusade wound up taking Constantinople instead… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the Battle of Arsuf (1191)

Today in Middle Eastern history: the Treaty of Jaffa ends the Third Crusade (1192)

While the First Crusade was the only one that could be called an unequivocal success for the Crusaders, the Third Crusade was nearly as impressive. It failed to achieve its ultimate objective, the recapture of Jerusalem, but not for lack of trying and certainly not for lack of military prowess. It produced one of the… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the Treaty of Jaffa ends the Third Crusade (1192)

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)

Today in history: June 10 odd and ends

We’ve got multiple things to note today, none of which really warrant their own separate entry. Let’s take them in chronological order. On June 10, 1190, Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I or Frederick Barbarossa passed away at the age of probably 68. Well, “passed away” doesn’t really convey the right sentiment–he drowned while attempting to cross… Continue reading Today in history: June 10 odd and ends

Today in Middle Eastern history: the Treaty of Jaffa ends the Third Crusade (1192)

While the First Crusade was the only one that could be called an unequivocal success for the Crusaders, the Third Crusade was nearly as impressive. It failed to achieve its ultimate objective, the recapture of Jerusalem, but not for lack of trying and certainly not for lack of military prowess. It produced one of the… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the Treaty of Jaffa ends the Third Crusade (1192)

Today in Middle Eastern history: the Treaty of Jaffa ends the Third Crusade (1192)

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(Reminder: I’m on a break this week) While the First Crusade was the only one that could be called an unequivocal success for the Crusaders, the Third Crusade was nearly as impressive. It failed to achieve its ultimate objective, the recapture of Jerusalem, but not…

Today in Middle Eastern history: the Treaty of Jaffa ends the Third Crusade (1192)

While the First Crusade was the only one that could be called an unequivocal success for the Crusaders, the Third Crusade was nearly as impressive. It failed to achieve its ultimate objective, the recapture of Jerusalem, but not for lack of trying and certainly not for lack of military prowess. It produced one of the… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the Treaty of Jaffa ends the Third Crusade (1192)