October 2 1187 CE – Saladin and His Muslim Armies Recapture Jerusalem

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October 2 1187 CE – Saladin and His Muslim Armies Recapture Jerusalem5 (100%) 2 votes After a two-week siege, the massive armies of Saladin forced the surrender of the few remaining knights in Jerusalem and ended almost 90 years of Crusader rule on October 2, 1187. Sweeping through the Christian defenders throughout the summer, the Muslim king regained the greatest prize of them all — and opened the door for the Third Crusade. Problems for the Crusaders had begun almost from the start. Once Jerusalem had been conquered in 1099, the reality that the European occupiers were isolated from their counterparts on the home continent became more apparent from year […]