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BRIEF DESCRIPTION: Victorious Knight of III Crusade, Arsuf September 7th 1191 AD.
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DETAILED DESCRIPTION: AFTER THE BATTLE As the Battle of Arsuf ends, a knight of King Richard's army kneels in prayer, giving thanks for his survival and the victory of the Crusader army. The Saracen dead, the broken lance, the scattered weapons and the battered shield give evidence of the fierce struggle. In the backgroundKing Richard's banner is clearly visible.
In 1187 disaster struck the Frankish Kingdom of Jerusalem with the destruction of its field army at the Battle of Hattin.Subsequently, the Ayyubid forces under Saladin captured many of the kingdom's cities including Jerusalem. This prompted Pope Gregory VIII to issue a Papal Bull calling for the Third Crusade.
In August of 1189 King Guy of Jerusalem began the siege of the Saracen held city of Acre. The siege continued as Crusaders from Europe arrived and reinforced the besieging army. In June of 1191 King Richard of England arrived to join the siege and took command of the operations. A month later the garrison surrendered.
After reorganizing at Acre Richard led the Crusading army South along the coast. They were shadowed by Saladin and the Saracen army. There was frequent skirmishing. On September 7, the Saracens pressed the Crusaders hard and a counterattack by the Hospitallers precipitated the Battle of Arsuf. In a hard fought battle the Crusaders gave the Saracens a brutal mauling.
Following the Battle of Arsuf, Richard continued South recapturing more of the coastal cities. He remained in the Holy land for another year and a peace was negotiated with Saladin. Although Jerusalem was not recaptured the survival of the Crusader settlements for another century was secured.
Timothy B. Wright
Crusader Knight, Israel, 1191 A.D. Medieval History Masterpiece Giclee Canvas Reproductions by artist Mark Churms are available for purchase from this website at MarkChurms.com.
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