Extortion at Acre

In 1291, the last major Christian city in the Holy Land, Acre, fell to the Muslims during the Third Crusade.  Yet even in the midst of tragedy and death, some found business opportunities.  One Templar, Rutger von Blum, managed to acquire a small fortune just before the city left, by seizing a galley.  He then charged ruinous rates to the wealthy women of Acre to take them from the city before it fell to the army outside.  Those not fortunate or wealthy enough to escape could look forward to nothing less than rape, mutilation, slavery, and death.


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