An extract from a letter to King Henry ll from Thierry grand master of the Templars that details the fall of Jerusalem as well as the seige of Tyre:
"Know great king, that Saladin has taken the city of Jerusalem and the tower of david; the Syrian Christians are allowed to guard the Holy sepulchre only till the fourth day after next Michaelmas: and the Hospitallers are permitted to stay a year longer in their house to take care of the sick. The Knights of that order who are in the castle of Beauvoir distinguish themselves everyday by their various enterprises against the saracens. they have lately taken two caravans from the infidels, in the first of which they found the arms and ammunition which the turks were transporting from the fortress La Fere after they had demolished it. Carrac in the neighbourhood of Mount Royal itself and Margat which belongs to the Hospitallers Castel Blanco, tripoli and Antioc still hold out against the efforts of the Turks. The Turks have laid seige to Tyre ever since Martinmass, a great number of military engines play upon it night and day, throwing in continually, square stones of vast bigness. Young Conrad, son of the Marquis of Monserrat has shut himself up in the place and makes a gallant defence, being well seconded by the Knights of St John and the Templars. On the eve of St Silvester 17 Christian galleys with these brave friars on board sailed out of port, with 10 Cicilian vessels commanded by General Margarit, a Catalan by nation, and attacked the fleet of Saladin in a manner before his eys. The infidels were defeated. The great Admiral of Alexandria and 8 Emirs were made prisoners, they took 11 ships and a great number ran aground on the coast, which Saladin set on fire and burnt to ashes, for fear they should fall into the hands of the Christians. That Prince appeared next day in his camp, mounted on the finest of his horses, whose tail and ears he had cut off, making thus a public acknowledgement of the defeat he had received and the trouble it gave him".