Friday, June 21, 2019

Kingdom of Heaven, from the Holy Land to Hollywood

Balian d'Ibelin (1143-1193), also known as Balian le Jeune , was a crusader noble of the Kingdom of Jerusalem in the 12th century. Balian was the youngest son of Balian le Vieux d'Ibelin, a knight in the County of Jaffa and Alvis de Rama. (Today Jaffa is known as the southern and oldest part of Tel Aviv and Ramla founded circa 705–715 CE is a city in central Israel.) Talking about the movie "Kingdom of Heaven", Balian is a legitimate son and not the bastard son of Godefroy d'Ibelin, he was born and lived his youth in the Holy Land, not in the south of France and he married Marie Comnène, the widow of Amaury 1er, and not Sibyl, daughter of Amaury 1er. After the fall of Jerusalem in October 1187, Balian remained in the Holy Land.

Balian d'Ibelin, heroe of the battle of Montgisard  

Guy de Lusignan, king of Jérusalem (1186-1192) and Renaud de Châtillon (killed by Saladin at the battle of Hattin in 1187) never were  Knight Templars 

Sybille, Queen of Jerusalem (after her brother the great King Baudouin IV also called The Leper King), daughter of Amaury I of Jerusalem and of Agnes de Courtenay married in first marriage in 1176 with Guillaume de Montferrat (1150-1177), Count of Jaffa and Ascalon whence Baudouin V (1178-1186) , king of Jerusalem married in second marriage in 1180 with Guy de Lusignan. (Today Ascalon, is a coastal city in the Southern District of Israel on the Mediterranean coast, 50 kilometres south of Tel Aviv, and 13 kilometres north of the border with the Gaza Strip.

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