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His father, Barisan the French "Balian"founded the Ibelin family in the east, and probably came from Italy. Balian and Sibylla were indeed united in the defence of Jerusalem but no romantic relationship existed between the two. Nablus, rather than Ibelin, was Balian's fief at the time of Jerusalem's fall.
The Old French Continuation of William of Tyre the so-called Chronicle of Ernoul claimed that Sibylla had been infatuated with Balian's older brother Baldwin of Ibelina widower over twice her age, but this is doubtful; instead, it seems that Raymond of Tripoli attempted a coup to marry her off to him to strengthen the position of his faction.
This legend seems to have been behind the film's creation of a romance between Sibylla and a member of the Ibelin family.
King Baldwin IV of Jerusalem, who reigned from towas a leperand his sister Sibylla did marry Guy of Lusignanthough on her own initiative. Baldwin crowned Sibylla's son from her previous marriage to William of Montferratfive-year-old Baldwin Vco-king in After her son's death, Sibylla and Guy to whom she was devoted garrisoned the city, and she claimed the throne.
The coronation scene in the movie was—in real life—more of a shock: Sibylla had been forced to promise to divorce Guy before becoming queen, with the assurance that she would be permitted to pick her own consort. After being crowned by Patriarch Heraclius of Jerusalem who is unnamed until late in the movieshe chose to crown Guy as her consort.
Raymond of Tripoli was not present, but was in Nablus attempting a coup, with Balian of Ibelin, to raise Sibylla's half-sister Balian's stepdaughterPrincess Isabella of Jerusalemto the throne.
Isabella's husband, Humphrey IV of Toronrefused to precipitate a civil war and swore allegiance to Guy.
He had a claim to the throne himself, but, being childless, instead tried to advance his allies in the Ibelin family.
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Guy was a weak, indecisive king who wanted to avoid a war with Saladin and who was simply unable to control the reckless Raynald. Saladin's abortive march on Kerak followed Raynald's raid on the Red Seawhich shocked the Muslim world by its proximity to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina.
Guy and Raynald also harassed Muslim caravans and herders, and the claim that Raynald captured Saladin's sister is based on the account given in the Old French Continuation of William of Tyre.
This claim, unsupported by any other account, is generally believed to be false. In actuality, after Raynald's attack on one caravan, Saladin made sure that the next one, in which his sister was travelling, was properly guarded: The scene in the film where Saladin hands Guy a cup of iced water which in the Muslim world was a sign that the victor intended to spare the life of his prisonerand then notes that he did not hand Raynald the cup indicating that Raynald was to be executed is supported by the Persian historian Imad ad-Din al-Isfahani who was present with Saladin after the Battle of Hattin.
Balian was present at the Battle of Hattinbut escaped and fled to Tyre and then Jerusalem, to retrieve his wife and children. The defenders of the city, including the military orders and the Patriarch Heraclius, named him the leader of the city's defence. On the ninth day of the siege of JerusalemSaladin's forces breached the wall, but the defenders held out until the tenth day, when Balian surrendered the city to Saladin.
The Christians of the city were made to ransom themselves, and Balian was unable to raise the funds to ransom all the city's poor; thousands marched out into safety and thousands into slavery.
Sibylla was a victim of an epidemic during the Siege of Acre. Balian's relations with Richard I of England were far from amicable, because he supported the claim to kingship of Conrad of Montferrat against Richard's vassal Guy.
He and his wife Maria arranged her daughter Isabella's forcible divorce from Humphrey of Toron so she could marry Conrad.The real Spartans history behind the Frank Miller graphic novel and the film.
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The first level on which the film has problems is that of cinematographical reality. Hellenistic Monarchs down to the Roman Empire. The Hellenistic Age suffers from some of the same disabilities as Late Antiquity, i.e. it doesn't measure up to the brilliance of the Golden Age of Greece and of late Republican and early Imperial Rome.
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In Kingdom of Heaven, Balian is portrayed as questioning whether God exists, although according to the historical records it is clear that Balian was a dedicated Christian who took his faith very seriously.