“Third Crusade” 820th Anniversary Series: A Wall Comes Down, Presenting an Opportunity January 5, 2011Posted by rwf1954 in Acre, history, medieval period, the crusades, third crusade, Uncategorized.
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(This post is the tenth of an occasional series of posts following 820th anniversary highlights of what history now calls the “third crusade.” My novel, The Swords of Faith, tells the story of this legendary clash between Richard the Lionheart and Saladin.)
Weather continued to assault the fortunes of the Muslim defenders at Acre (see December 31, 2010 post). On January 5, 1191, a section of the outer wall at Acre collapsed, presenting an opportunity for the Christian attackers. But the effects of stalemate had depleted the strength of the Christian forces as well. They mounted an attack, but not strong enough to change the issue. An emergency mobilization of every unavailable builder and craftsman in the town succeeded in filling the breach and repelling the Christian attack. The Acre defenders struggled to hold off the Christians while under fire from arrows and stones. But though weather seemed to be conspiring to make life difficult for the Acre defenders, the Christian attackers were still unable to break the stalemate, and the besieged and the besieged besiegers continued their unresolved hostilities.
Previous 820th Anniversary Posts:
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