CRUSADE OF RICHARD I 1189-92


CRUSADE OF RICHARD I 1189-92

T. A. ARCHER    Book Number: 88176    Product format: Paperback

First published in 1889, the account is punctuated with passionate speeches and dark betrayals, the contemporary accounts originating from both sides of the war. It is a brilliant reflection on the lives of the men behind the myth including Richard the Lionheart himself. 1189 and the Christians had coveted the Holy Land for generations. King Richard I of England was determined to reclaim them. The Third Crusade (1189-1192) saw a huge alliance between European leaders to take the biblical land from Saladin, Emperor of Egypt and Syria. Crusader mettle was soon tested at Acre, a long and bloody siege started by Guy of Lusignan, French Poitevin knight and son of Hugh the VIII, which was to last for two years. Royal blood was no protection from the conflict. Joan of England, sister to Richard the Lionheart, was held captive by King Tancred of Sicily, whilst the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa drowned in a river. There is an account of the purchase of the ships which went to Jerusalem, a French account of the quarrels between the Kings, a Saracen account of negotiations and the massacre of Moslim prisoners by Richard. In 1191 Richard leaves Jaffa and moves in the direction of Ramleh, rebuilding two fortresses on the way and restores Casal Maen and rescues a company of Templars. In November of that year he holds negotiations with Saladin and Saphadin. Read of the discipline of religious orders, the gluttony of the English crusaders and when King Richard is ill, Saphadin's love for him. It ends with the death of Saladin. 431pp, paperback.
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