Lead: For two centuries after 1096, the kingdoms of Europe attempted to establish Christian control over Palestine through a series of Crusades. Armies raised in England, France and Germany moved East to secure the right and protection of pilgrims to worship at Christianity's sacred shrines in the Holy Land.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: During the third of these Crusades two of the most interesting figures in medieval times came into close conflict. King Richard I of England, so-called Richard the Lion-Hearted, led the Christian forces. He faced Muslim armies ably commanded by General Saladin. The cause for the Crusade was Saladin's capture of the City of Jerusalem which for a century had been under Christian control.

 

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