Saladin begins the Siege of Jerusalem

On this day in 1187, Saladin began the Siege of Jerusalem which was ultimately to lead to the destruction of the Crusader Kingdoms.

When he captured the city he showed far more restraint when the Christians had conquered it from the Moslems almost a century before.  They waded in the inhabitants’ blood.  Saladin, more humanely and sensibly, allowed many to buy their freedom.  Those too poor, of course, were sold as slaves.

I have written a book about the events after the siege and hope to publish it towards the beginning of 2012.


About Martin Lake

Martin Lake lives in the French Riviera with his wife. After studying at the University of East Anglia he worked as a teacher, trainer and company director. A serious accident shattered his arm and meant that he had to rein back his work. He decided to concentrate on writing and is now writing full-time. He writes a wide range of fiction. His main interests are historical fiction, short stories and fiction for young adults. Martin has a series of novels 'The Lost King' which are set in the years following the Norman Invasion of England. They concern Edgar Atheling, last representative of the ancient English royal dynasty and his fight to regain the throne from William the Conqueror. Martin has also published 'Artful' the further adventures of the Dodger and 'Outcasts' a novel about fall of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem. His latest novel, 'A Love Most Dangerous' is about a maid of honour who becomes the lover of Henry VIII. Martin’s work has been broadcast on radio. He won first prize in the Kenneth Grahame Society competition to write a story based on 'The Wind in the Willows.' You can get the collection, 'The Wind in the Willows Short Stories' from Amazon.
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3 Responses to Saladin begins the Siege of Jerusalem

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  2. hansston says:

    Wrote an essay on the Siege of Jerusalem. Maybe you could let me know what you think about it. Thanks! Kevin

    • Martin Lake says:

      Delighted to, Kevin. I won’t be able to easily access the internet till 3rd Jan so I’m afraid it will have to wait until then. Battery is running out now.
      Best wishes


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