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Today in History: July 12

Slide 2 of 15: The surrender of Acre to Philip II of France, called Philip Augustus, during the Third Crusade, after a siege which lasted from August 28, 1189 until July 12, 1191.

1191: Siege of Acre ends

The siege of the Third Crusade – which began on Aug. 28, 1189 – ends after Saladin’s forces surrenders to the troops led by King Philip Augustus of France, in modern-day Israel. The siege was instigated after Guy of Lusignan, formerly a prisoner of Saladin, was released and then rebuffed in his attempt to reclaim the throne of Jerusalem. A furious Guy led a counter-attack against Saladin that surprised and eventually overwhelmed the defenders of Acre.

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