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Acre, siege of

Acre, siege of, 1189–91. The siege and capture of Acre during the Third Crusade was a great event. Acre was the largest port and chief town of the kingdom of Jerusalem and the siege commenced in 1189. Richard I joined the besiegers in June 1191, bringing heavy siege-engines. Despite efforts by Saladin to relieve the city, it surrendered on terms in July. But the crusaders' advance south on Jerusalem stalled and in October 1192 Richard left Acre on his ill-fated journey home.

J. A. Cannon

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