Baldwin I of Jerusalem, 1100-1118

1st Edition

Susan Edgington

Routledge
February 4, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 256 Pages
ISBN 9781472433565 - CAT# Y253844
Series: Rulers of the Latin East

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Summary

Baldwin of Boulogne was born the youngest of three sons and marked out for a clerical career, yet in turn he became a First Crusader, first Latin count of Edessa and the founder of the Latin kingdom of Jerusalem. Nevertheless, remarkably, he has never been the subject of a full-length biography. This study examines in detail the stages of Baldwin’s career, returning to the contemporary evidence to discover the qualities that enabled him not only to succeed his brother as ruler in 1100 but to maintain and expand the new kingdom of Jerusalem through the next eighteen years in the face of aggression from Muslim enemies and rivalry from fellow crusaders.

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