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This article is about the year 1188.
|Centuries:||11th century – 12th century – 13th century|
|Decades:||1150s 1160s 1170s – 1180s – 1190s 1200s 1210s|
|Years:||1185 1186 1187 – 1188 – 1189 1190 1191|
|1188 by topic|
|State leaders – Sovereign states|
|Birth and death categories|
|Births – Deaths|
|Establishments and disestablishments categories|
|Establishments – Disestablishments|
|Art and literature|
|1188 in poetry|
|Ab urbe condita||1941|
|Bahá'í calendar||−656 – −655|
|English Regnal year||34 Hen. 2 – 35 Hen. 2|
|Chinese calendar||丁未年 (Fire Goat)
3884 or 3824
— to —
戊申年 (Earth Monkey)
3885 or 3825
|- Vikram Samvat||1244–1245|
|- Shaka Samvat||1110–1111|
|- Kali Yuga||4289–4290|
|Japanese calendar||Bunji 4
|Minguo calendar||724 before ROC
|Thai solar calendar||1731|
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- Saladin unsuccessfully besieges the Hospitaller fortress of Krak des Chevaliers in modern Syria.
- Newgate Prison is built in London.
- Richard Lionheart allies with Philip II of France against his father, Henry II of England.
- Giraldus Cambrensis and Baldwin of Exeter travel through Wales attempting to recruit men for the Third Crusade.
- The "Saladin tithe" is levied in England.
- Alfonso IX of Leon becomes king of Leon.
- Queen Tamar of Georgia marries David Soslan.
- The legendary Cutting of the elm occurs at Gisors in Normandy.
- Alfonso IX of León convened at the Basilica of San Isidoro the Cortes of León with representatives of the nobility, clergy and towns. These Cortes are considered as the first parliament in Europe.
- January 22 – Ferdinand II of León (b. 1137)
- October 11 – Robert I of Dreux, son of Louis VI of France (b. c. 1123)
- November 17 – Usamah ibn Munqidh, Arab chronicler (b. 1095)
- Sultan Ali bin Hasan of Kilwa