A History of the Crusades: Volume 3, The Kingdom of Acre and by Steven Runciman

By Steven Runciman

Sir Steven Runciman's 3 quantity A historical past of the Crusades, one of many nice classics of English historic writing, is now being reissued. during this ultimate quantity, Runciman examines the revival of the Frankish nation on the time of the 3rd campaign till its cave in a century later. The interwoven subject matters of the ebook contain: Christiandom, the substitute of the aesthetic Ayubites by means of the fewer sympathetic Mameluks as chief of the Moslem global, and the arriving of the Mongols. He contains a bankruptcy on structure and the humanities, and an epilogue at the final manifestations of the Crusading spirit.

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He himself established his camp a little to the east of the Christians'. Soon the Franks felt able to take the offensive. Louis ofThuringia, as he passed through Tyre, was able to persuade Conrad of Montferrat to join the Frankish army, so long as he did not have to serve under Guy's command. On 4 October, after having fortified their camp, which was left under the command of Guy's brother Geoffrey, the Franks launched a great attack on Saladin' s lines. It was a bitter battle. Taki, on the Saracen right, retired to lure on the Templars, who were opposite to him; but Saladin himself was deceived by the manceuvre and weakened his centre to rescue him.

Itinerarium, pp. 75--6, gives a description of the town. 1 Estoire d'Eracles, n, pp. 127-8; Ambroise, col. 77, mentioning sailors from La Marche and Cornwall; Itinerarium, pp. 64-5. See Riant, Expeditions des Scandinaves, pp. 277-83. 24 1189: Saladin moves to Acre a Flemish and French contingent, led by the gallant knight, James of Avesnes, 1 the Counts of Bar, Brienne and Dreux, and Philip, Bishop of Beauvais. Before the month was ended a party of Germans arrived, under Louis, Margrave ofThuringia, who preferred to travel with his followers by sea rather than accompany his Emperor.

Guy returned disconsolate with his party to Tripoli. 1 It was well for the Franks that at this moment Saladin, with his army partly disbanded, was occupied in reducing the castles in the north of Syria, and that in January 1189 he sent further detachments to their homes. He himself, after spending the first months of the year at Jerusalem and Acre, reorganizing the administration of Palestine, went back to his capital at Damascus in March! In April Guy came again with Sibylla to Tyre and again demanded to be given control of the city.

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