The Siege of Acre, 1189-1191

Saladin, Richard the Lionheart, and the Battle That Decided the Crusades

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John D. Hosler
  • New Haven, CT: 
    Yale University Press
    , June
     272 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Lori Anne Ferrell forthcoming.


The first comprehensive history of the most decisive military campaign of the Third Crusade and one of the longest wartime sieges of the Middle Ages.

The two-year-long siege of Acre (1189–1191) was the most significant military engagement of the Third Crusade, attracting armies from across Europe, Syria, Mesopotamia, Egypt, and the Maghreb. Drawing on a balanced selection of Christian and Muslim sources, historian John D. Hosler has written the first book-length account of this hard-won victory for the Crusaders, when England’s Richard the Lionheart and King Philip Augustus of France joined forces to defeat the Egyptian Sultan Saladin. Hosler’s lively and engrossing narrative integrates military, political, and religious themes and developments, offers new perspectives on the generals, and provides a full analysis of the tactical, strategic, organizational, and technological aspects on both sides of the conflict. It is the epic story of a monumental confrontation that was the centerpiece of a Holy War in which many thousands fought and died in the name of Christ or Allah.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

John D. Hosler is Associate Professor of Military History at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. His previous books include Henry II: A Medieval Soldier at War, 1147–1189. He lives in Kansas City, KS.

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