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

The Siege of Acre marks both the end of Saladin’s conquest of Jerusalem and the beginning of the Third Crusade, which was supposed to undo that conquest. When it concluded in 1191, after Philip II of France and Richard I of England had arrived and assumed command, it also marked the beginning of the end of that Crusade. It was a pretty significant siege, in other words.

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