Fall of Acre

Fall of Acre

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  • "The city, overlooking the seashore...was surrounded by good walls"
  • It is 1291 and the Christian Crusaders are in control of the city of Acre, the last key city in the Christian Kingdom of Jerusalem.
  • "With these conquests the whole of Palestine was now in Muslim hands."
  • The Mamluks of Egypt set their sights on Acre after conquering their own turf.
  • "They [the Muslims] entered the city on all sides early in the morning and in very great force. "
  • Sultan Al-Ashraf Khalil and his army captured the city of Tripoli just two years earlier. They set out to do the same to Acre.
  • "The nation of the Cross has fallen, through the Turks [the Mamluks] the religion of the chosen Arab has triumphed."
  • The city of Acre falls to the Mumluks on May 18, 1291. The Christians suffer heavy losses and go on to lose more and more territory.
  • 2: Cartulaire general de l'ordre des Hospitaliers, ed. Joseph Delaville le Roulx, no. 4157; translated by Edwin James King, The Knights Hospitallers in the Holy Land (London, 1931), pp. 301-2: amended by H.J. Nicholson.
  • 1: "Cronica S. Petri Erfordiensis Moderna', ed. O. Holder-Egger, Monumenta Germaniae Historica Scriptores, 30, pp. 424-5.
  • 3: Gabrieli, Arab Historians of the Crusades, 346
  • 4: Hillenbrand, Crusades, 240.
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