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Saladin’s tent was quickly taken down as the royal guard hurried him away. 42 the muslim army was defeated. richard entered the town. you! where were the headquarters of your master, saladin? over there. pitch my tent on that exact spot! richard and his army had saved jaffa just in time. the end 43 Diminishing Returns Before he left Acre, Richard had sent a force overland to Jaffa to reinforce his position. They were slow in arriving so he camped outside the city and prepared his tiny force for the expected counterattack… LIONHEART Sure enough, wave after wave of enraged horse-mounted archers battled the thin line of crusaders, but Richard’s force held out until the attack was exhausted.
King richard “the lionheart” was on his way. his small force of english knights, infantry, and genoese and pisan archers from italy had been assembled like lightning. 36 his christian fleet arrived off jaffa and halted. a thousand cries of “allu akbar*” echoed over a city shrouded in the smoke of war. a huge sea of saracen banners! i fear we are too few. yes, and i fear we are too late. *god is greater 37 christians who had taken refuge in the citadel called out anxiously. why don’t our forces rescue us?
The end 31 The Defense of Jaffa The Third Crusade n december, 1191, king richard I of england climbed a hill to view the distant walls and towers of the holy city of jerusalem. in over three years of fighting it would be the closest he would get. I richard thought he could take the city with his force but not hold it and the weather was terrible. 32 in late july, 1192, he was back in acre to plan a possible invasion of egypt, when he received some news… sire! saladin is besieging jaffa! the port was the crusaders’ gateway to the holy land.