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  • The Seljuk Turks took control of Baghdad in 1055, alarming the Christians. Their growing power caused the Christians to start the crusades.
  • Seljuk Turks
  • Oh no!
  • Holy Land
  • In 1096, four nobles led the First Crusade. They laid siege to Antioch and invaded Jerusalem, climbing up its walls and attacking the city. They massacred all of the Muslims and Jews in Jerusalem. Christians win.
  • Attack!
  • Muslims had trouble working together to fight off the crusades at first, but as they started to band together, they fought back more effectively. The Christians responded by starting the Second Crusade, in 1146. The Muslims were too much for the crusaders, and they beat them back. Muslims win.
  • Retreat! The Muslims are too strong!
  • King Richard and Saladin signing the peace treaty.
  • Muslims in the Middle East were united by the great ruler Saladin. He formed the largest Muslim empire since the Seljuks. In 1187, he captured Jerusalem. Europeans then began the Third Crusade. It ended in 1192, when King Richard and Saladin signed a peace treaty. Neither side won.
  • King Richard I of England led the fight against Saladin. In 1191, his army forced the surrender of the town of Acre. After that, there was a prisoner exchange between the Muslims and King Richard. He killed all of his prisoners because he thought Saladin was taking too long. Finally, after the peace treaty, the Muslims let Christian pilgrims enter Jerusalem
  • The crusades to the Middle East lasted for another 100 years. Some were just popular movements of the poor rather than military raids. Only a few reached ever the Holy Land. Some made it to port cities, only to be sold into slavery. None of the later crusades succeeded in taking back Jerusalem, though.
  • Holy Land
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