Death of King Baldwin III at Tripoli

Death of King Baldwin III at Tripoli

Siege of Ascalon by King Baldwin III of Jerusalem
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King Baldwin III dies at Tripoli and control of Jerusalem passes to his brother, Amalric I. Amalric's chief goal is the conquest of Egypt and, in fact, his continual failure to capture Egypt may have been an important cause of the decline in power of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem.

Another factor will be the rise of Saladin who, starting in 1169, begins to makes his military skills known to the Crusaders. In 1171 Saladin will become Sultan in Egypt, dashing any further hopes of a successful invasion.

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