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Third Crusade

The Third Crusade
Part of the Crusades
Siege of Acre.jpg
The Siege of Acre was the first major confrontation of the Third Crusade
Date 1189–1192
Location Mostly Levant and Anatolia

Treaty of Jaffa

  • A truce of three years resulting from Crusader military victories.
  • Jerusalem remains under Muslim control.
  • Levantine Crusader States restored and recognised by both sides.
  • The safety of both Christian and Muslim unarmed pilgrims guaranteed throughout the Levant.
  • The capture of Cyprus and the establishment of Kingdom of Cyprus.
  • Levantine coast from Tyre to Jaffa returned to Crusader control.
  • Crusaders recaptured Tiberias and some inland territories from the Muslims.

Nizari Ismaili:
Christian opponents:
Commanders and leaders
the Crusaders: Ayyubids:
Christian opponents:
  • English: 8,000 men
  • French: 2,000 men (not counting the Templars and other troops of the Kingdom of Jerusalem)
  • Germans: 15,000-100,000 men
  • Hungarians: 2,000 men
(Medieval records of army numbers are unreliable)

Treaty of Jaffa

The Third Crusade (1189–1192), also known as The Kings' Crusade, was an attempt by European leaders to reconquer the Holy Land from Saladin (Ṣalāḥ ad-Dīn Yūsuf ibn Ayyūb). The campaign was largely successful, capturing the important cities of Acre and Jaffa, and reversing most of Saladin's conquests, but it failed to capture Jerusalem, the emotional and spiritual motivation of the Crusade.

After the failure of the Second Crusade, the Zengid dynasty controlled a unified Syria and engaged in a conflict with the Fatimid rulers of Egypt. The Egyptian and Syrian forces were ultimately unified under Saladin, who employed them to reduce the Christian states and recapture Jerusalem in 1187. Spurred by religious zeal, King Henry II of England and King Philip II of France (known as Philip Augustus) ended their conflict with each other to lead a new crusade. The death of Henry in 1189, however, meant the English contingent came under the command of his successor, King Richard I of England (known as Richard the Lionheart, in French Cœur de Lion). The elderly Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa also responded to the call to arms, leading a massive army across Anatolia, but he drowned in a river in Asia Minor on 10 June 1190 before reaching the Holy Land. His death caused tremendous grief among the German Crusaders, and most of his troops returned home.

After the Crusaders had driven the Muslims from Acre, Philip in company with Frederick's successor, Leopold V, Duke of Austria (known as Leopold the Virtuous), left the Holy Land in August 1191. On 2 September 1192, Richard and Saladin finalized a treaty granting Muslim control over Jerusalem but allowing unarmed Christian pilgrims and merchants to visit the city. Richard departed the Holy Land on 2 October. The successes of the Third Crusade allowed the Crusaders to maintain considerable states in Cyprus and on the Syrian coast. However, the failure to recapture Jerusalem would lead to the Fourth Crusade.



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