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European Crusaders Accept the Surrender of Acre

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Siege of Acre: Acre surrenders to the forces of the Third Crusade, led by Richard I of England and Philip II Augustus of France.

During the two-year siege 6 archbishops, 12 bishops, 40 earls, 500 barons, and 300,000 soldiers are reported killed. This is the deadliest engagement of all the Crusades for the Christian ruling class of the Holy Lands. Acre will now remain in Christian hands until 1291.

Shortly after Acre is taken over by the Crusaders, Leopold of Austria leaves because even though he leads the remnants of the German Crusaders, he isn't accorded the respect and honor he thinks he deserves. Philip II Augustus of France also soon leaves because he has pressing inheritance issues to deal with back home.

This means Richard the Lionheart will be the only European Crusader left in the region, and he will lead the Crusader armies in the effort to retake the Holy Land from Saladin.

In the end, he will make only a few gains — the Crusader efforts are seriously hampered by Saladin's scorched-earth tactics which deny the Crusaders food and water during their campaign. Richard will have to settle for a treaty with Saladin so he too can go home and deal with his brother, John Lackland, who is trying to take the throne.

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