King Richard I Lionheart Sets Sail From Sicily for the Third Crusade

King Richard I Lionheart Sets Sail From Sicily for the Third Crusade

Richard I Lionheart, King of England
Source: Adam Bishop

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King Richard I Lionheart of England departs from Sicily with a fleet of over 200 ships, setting sail for what is left of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem. His journey is not nearly so calm and quick as that of his colleague, Philip II Augustus of France.

The arrival of King Richard will be critical for the successful capture of Acre from the Muslims. Acre has been under siege by the Crusaders since 1189 and they, in turn, have themselves been under siege from Muslim forces under Saladin. Thousands have been dying not just in battle, but from disease caused by the horrible living conditions in the camps.

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