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Balian d'Ibelin, lord of Ibelin

Also Known As: "Barisan the Younger"
Birthplace: Of,Ibelin,,Palestine
Death: February 1193 (45-54)
Principality of Antioch, Syrian Arab Republic
Immediate Family:

Son of Barisan "the Old", lord of Ibelin and Hélvis de Ramla
Husband of Maria Komnene, Queen of Jerusalem
Father of John of Ibelin, the Old lord of Beirut; Philippe d'Ibelin, régent de Chypre; Helvis d'Ibelin, dame de Tyr and Marguerite d'Ibelin
Brother of Hugues d'Ibelin, lord of Ramla; Baldwin of Ibelin, lord of Mirabel & Ramla; Stéphanie d'Ibelin and Ermengarde d'Ibelin

Occupation: Seigneur, Sieur, d'Ibelin, de Naplouse, Herre i Nablus
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About Balian, lord of Ibelin

Balian of Ibelin (French: Balian d'Ibelin; c. 1143 – 1193), also known as Barisan the Younger, was a crusader noble of the Kingdom of Jerusalem in the 12th century. He was lord of Ibelin from 1170 to 1193. As the leader of the defense of the city during the siege of Jerusalem in 1187, he surrendered Jerusalem to Saladin on 2 October 1187.

  1. Early years
  2. Succession disputes
  3. Dispute between Raymond and Guy
  4. The Battle of Hattin
  5. Defense of Jerusalem
  6. Balian as king-maker, and the Third Crusade
  7. Legacy

A fictionalized version of Balian, played by English actor Orlando Bloom, is the protagonist of Ridley Scott's 2005 film Kingdom of Heaven.

BALIAN of Ibelin, son of BALIAN of Ibelin Lord of Rama & his wife Helvis of Rama ([1142/43]-[May 1193/94]). The Lignages d'Outremer name (in order) "mesire Hue, et mesire Baudoyn, et mesire Belleem" as the three sons of "Belleem a la Barbe" & his wife[876]. A charter dated 14 Jan 1155 refers to "Barisanus frater Hugonis [de Hybelino] et quedam soror sua Theophanno" in relation to a donation by "Amalricus…comes Ascalonis" to the church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem[877]. "Amalricus…comes Ascalonis" confirmed a donation to the church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem by "Hugonis de Hybelino et fratrum suorum Balduini et Barisani et Hermengardis sororis sue matrisque sue Alois…" by charter dated 1158[878]. "Hugo dominus de Hibelini" confirmed that "dominus Rainerius bone memorie avunculus meus" had donated land "in territorio Ramatensi" to St Lazarus of Jerusalem, and now redonated the land as well as land which "quam habuerunt de domina Eva", with the consent of "Agnetis comitisse uxoris mee, et domini Balduini et domini Barisani fratrum meorum", by charter dated 1169[879]. William of Tyre names him as the brother of Baudouin Lord of Rama when recording his marriage[880]. Lord of Nablus [1177], by right of his wife. He succeeded his brother in [1186/88] as Lord of Rama and Mirabel, but these territories, as well as the castle of Ibelin, were conquered in 1187 by Saladin after the battle of Hattin[881]. He went to Jerusalem from Tyre and made preparations to secure it against Saladin's attack but the city fell 2 Oct 1187[882]. Saladin installed him as Lord of Caymont and Carmel[883]. He was a strong supporter of Corrado di Monferrato against Guy de Lusignan, and a leading proponent of Corrado's marriage to Isabelle of Jerusalem[884].

m ( [1177] ) as her second husband, MARIA Komnene, widow of AMAURY I King of Jerusalem, daughter of IOANNES Komnenos protosébastos & his wife --- Taronitissa (1154-before Oct 1217). She was given Nablus as her dower by her first husband[885]. Her second marriage, around the same time as the marriage of Sibylle of Jerusalem with Guglielmo di Monferrato (Oct 1176), is recorded by William of Tyre[886]. The Chronicle of Alberic de Trois-Fontaines records that "relictam regis Almarici…que fuit de Grecia" married "Bethuliani de Guibelin"[887]. The Lignages d'Outremer name "la reyne Marie…niece de l'empereur Manuel" as wife of "Belleem de Ybelin"[888]. "Hugo…rex Cipri" confirmed the grant to the church of Nicosia by "Philippus de Ybellino" for the soul of "domine Marie regine, matris sue" by charter dated Oct 1217[889].

Balian of Ibelin & his wife had five children 
(as the castle of Ibelin was lost to the family in 1187, the descendants of Balian of Ibelin are referred to as "Ibelin" rather than "of Ibelin".):
  • 1. JEAN Ibelin (1178-1236). ...
  • 2. PHILIPPE Ibelin ([1180]-Cyprus end 1227).
    • ...
  • 3. MARGUERITE Ibelin ([1180]-after 1240). ...
  • 4. HELVIS Ibelin ([1182]-before 1 Jun 1216). ...
  • 5. daughter (-after Aug 1193). ...
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Balian, lord of Ibelin's Timeline

February 1193
Age 50
Principality of Antioch, Syrian Arab Republic