Possible Duplicate: Why did Saladin show kindness to Richard I?
"When Richard falls sick at the siege of Acre in 1192, Saladin not only sends his personal physician Maimonides over to treat him, he sends ice to help him fight the fevers and certain healing fruits. When Richard’s horse is killed during battle, and the English king finds himself on foot facing the entire Muslim army, the Muslims let him walk by their entire phalanx without attacking. Later, Saladin sends him two fresh mounts so he will not be at a disadvantage,” wrote Michael Hamilton Morgan in Lost History.
My question is, why was it so important for Saladin to treat Richard so generously?
What was the end-benefit of his generousness?
Wasn't it a tactical mistake?