Finally, Richard, the king of England, or as some know him Richard the Lionheart, and allied troops have sieged the city of Acre, after two long years. The siege of Acre was one of the longest and most costly sieges they ever carried on in Asia. It is also one of the first confrontations in the Third Crusade, and as we believe right now, a focal point of the Christian faith. The siege started on August twenty eighth, eleven eighty nine and with the help of Philip, king of France, and Frederick Barbarossa, king of Germany, the Acre was taken from Saladin and his army, or garrison.
Saladin’s garrison and him went toward the east wall, only God’s army of eleven trebuchets, and close to twenty five thousand men laid between the east wall and the garrison. But they strongly outnumbered garrison by just under double the power since the garrison had only thirteen thousand men. They knew they were too weak too weak to capture the city.
During the charge of the garrison, Richard decided if archers fired spin them it would weaken their lines. Next he sent the Templar’s to the right side and began to flank the garrison. This worked, the Templar’s were successful in the task given, so successful in fact that Saladin had to send reinforcements from separate parts of the battle field, weakening the main force and letting Richard’s men press forward. As a result the garrison then retreated.
While the christians were enjoying the spoils of war the this impending victory, Saladin decided to throw one more attack, the Cavalry. They slaughtered the Christian army, along with the Templars. This continued until the saracens came for backup. The Templars lost Grand Master de Ridefort, this was a major lose for them. Many more suffered alongside him. With most finished retreating the big city stayed.
According to our sources Richard ride alone to the top of a hill overlooking the Holy City. He realized after many long battles and a long journey he might be able to see Jerusalem. He threw a shield over his face and covered his eyes. He began to cry and beg to God that he never wanted to look upon the city if he could not have the honor of conquering it.
Saladin became Richard’s greatest enemy. Saladin’s relationship with Richard was curious. Saladin respected Richard as an opponent. It's quoted from Saladin himself that he “thought King Richard so pleasant and upright that if he had to lose Jerusalem he would rather have it taken into Richard’s might power than anyone else's.” When Richard became sick during the siege of Acre, Saladin sent Richard sherbets cooled with the snows of Lebanon in order to help his recovery speed up. Richard declined to treat Saladin with equal respect and murdered all of Acre’s inhabitants.
On July thirty first Philip left the march leaving Richard as the only commander of the Christian army. Saladin began collecting resources to exchange for stolen soldiers. On August eleventh Richard turned down Saladin's first offer due to being enraged with the execution of some Christian noblemen. On August twentieth Richard ordered three thousand prisoners to be executed after feeling as though Saladin was delaying the proceedings. Saladin was furious and had the Christian prisoners in his custody killed. On August twenty second Richard decided to leave Acre with the Christian army and started to march south to siege the city of Jaffa. Richard was of course viscous there too.