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    Online Resource
    Cambridge : Cambridge University Press
    Format: 1 Online-Ressource (xxv, 288 pages) , digital, PDF file(s)
    ISBN: 9781107050662
    Content: The reign of King Baldwin IV of Jerusalem (1174–85) has traditionally been seen as a period of decline when, because of the king's illness, power came to be held by unsuitable men who made the wrong policy decisions. Notably, they ignored the advice of Raymond of Tripoli and attacked Saladin, who was prepared to keep peace with the Franks while uniting the Islamic near east under his rule. This book challenges that view, arguing that peace with Saladin was not a viable option for the Franks; that the young king, despite suffering from lepromatous leprosy (the most deadly form of the disease) was an excellent battle leader who strove with some success to frustrate Saladin's imperial ambitions; that Baldwin had to remain king in order to hold factions in check; but that the society over which he presided was, contrary to what is often said, vigorous and self-confident
    Content: 1. The sources for Baldwin IV's reign -- 2. Baldwin's childhood -- 3. The kingdom -- 4. The international status of the kingdom -- 5. The king's minority -- 6. Western aid. William of Montferrat and Philip of Flanders -- 7. The victor of Mont Gisard -- 8. Prince Reynald's initiative -- 9. The dying king -- 10. The heirs of the leper king -- Epilogue -- Appendix : an evaluation of the leprosy of King Balwin IV of Jerusalem in the context of the medieval world, by Piers Mitchell
    Note: Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 05 Oct 2015)
    Additional Edition: 9780521641876
    Additional Edition: 9780521017473
    Additional Edition: Print version 9780521641876
    Language: English
    Subjects: History
    RVK:
    Keywords: Balduin IV. Jerusalem, König 1161-1185
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