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  Balian of Ibelin - Definition, explanation
Balian's name was also Barisan, but the pronunciation of the name in Old French changed to "Balian" in the course of the 12th century; he is sometimes known as Balian the Younger or Balian II when his father is also referred to as Balian.
Balian held Ibelin as a vassal of his brother, and indirectly as a rear-vassal of the king, from whom Baldwin held Ramla.
Balian and Baldwin supported Raymond III of Tripoli over Miles of Plancy as regent for King Baldwin IV in 1174, and in 1177 the brothers were present at the Battle of Montgisard, leading the vanguard victoriously against the strongest point of the Muslim line.
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 The Orlando Bloom Files: Characters - Balian of Ibelin
Balian of Ibelin is a flsmith living in 12th century France during the Third Crusade.
Balian is the only one left to defend the city from Saladin, the leader of the Muslim armies.
Balian simply smiles and says that he is not the man they are looking for, he is simply a flsmith.
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Balian of Ibelin (died 1193) was an important noble of the crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem in the 12th century.
Balian remained in the kingdom and escaped the defeat at the Battle of Hattin in 1187.
Balian at first supported Guy in the struggle for the kingship against Conrad of Montferrat, but then conspired with Maria to have Conrad marry Isabella of Jerusalem, Maria's daughter from her marriage to Amalric, giving Conrad a stronger claim to the kingdom.
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 Outremer   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Balian asked for and received permission from Saladin to go to Jerusalem to fetch his family, on condition that he not remain there more than one night.
Balian wrote to Saladin to explain why he was breaking his agreement.
Balian was at least able to arrange terms, which were quite generous, given the situation.
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 In Search of the Real Balian | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction
But Balian never had to travel to the Holy Land—as he does in the movie—because he was already part of the nobility there.
But Balian was also a crafty politician and probably hoped that such a threat would move Saladin to offer the crusaders more acceptable terms, as he in fact did.
Balian's story is in many ways a case study of crusader motives.
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 Kingdom of Heaven Movie Review - Kingdom of Heaven Movie Trailer - The Boston Globe
To be fair, Bloom is not actively bad as Balian of Ibelin, a French flsmith who becomes the defender of 12th-century Jerusalem against religious fanatics of all stripes.
Luckily, by the time Balian journeys across the desert to the Holy Land, he has shown his bravery and compassion to the infidel in ways that will pay off nicely down the line.
The openhearted Balian fits right in, befriending the leprous King Baldwin of Jerusalem (Edward Norton under a dime-store tin mask) and his adviser Tiberias (Jeremy Irons, playing a heroic variation on Scar from ''The Lion King").
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 Kingdom of Heaven
Balian tells his adversary that he will surrender the city if the Muslim army will give its Christian inhabitants a safe-conduct to the sea, where they may take ship to return to Europe.
Balian, the hero of the film is not only a proleptic liberal secularist, he’s also a humble flsmith who becomes a knight overnight — or overknight, I guess, like Sir Ridley himself.
Once all the knights are slaughtered or fled, Balian the overnight knight takes charge of the defense of Jerusalem by repeating his own experience and dubbing hundreds of knights at once from among the unmilitary rabble.
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 Al-Ahram Weekly | Culture | Heaven on earth
Though it is suggested that Balian sets out on this Crusade to atone for a murder he committed, many of the "good" Crusaders, his allies, seem to be agnostic.
Though Balian does have an affair with the future queen of Jerusalem, Guy's wife Sybilla (Eva Green), it is so clichéd, complete with dark chambers and incense, that it fails to arouse any sympathy.
Indeed, though Balian is hailed as a man of the people, rising from humble origins and fighting to defend the poor, it is not entirely clear who the poor and the weak are in this case; the filmmakers gloss over exactly who he was protecting, who the invaders were.
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 Kingdom of Heaven
Realizing that Jerusalem was Saladin’s next destination, Balian requested, from Saladin himself, to have ample time to go to the city and remove his family.
Balian left Jerusalem to negotiate the treaty for surrender with Saladin.
Balian lived and became the Lord of Ibelin, Jaffa, and Mirabel, ruling there, and over all of Beirut, from 1134 to 1155 until he died and his son, Hugh of Ibelin, took his place.
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 Kingdom of Heaven
At the beginning of the film, Godfrey de Ibelin (Neeson) arrives and Balian discovers that he is Godfrey's son.
Godfrey asks Balian to accompany him to Jerusalem, and Balian, whose wife committed suicide after the death of their infant son agrees.
Balian's character is committed to doing what is right, yet still has an affair with a married woman.
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 Movie Review: Kingdom of Heaven
Balian of Ibelin (Orlando Bloom) is a poor flsmith who is recently bereaved of his wife and infant child.
Balian is knighted and, ready or not, made Baron in his father's stead.
But nothing can prepare Balian for the fatalism of the first Muslims he meets (among them is Naris, played by Alexander Siddig, who teaches Balian a lesson of honor he'll never forget), or for the instant attraction he feels to the Princess Sibylla (Eva Green).
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 "Kingdom of Heaven": Sorting Fact from Fiction
Balian of Ibelin: Balian of Ibelin did oversee the defense of Jerusalem, and was the Christian leader who surrendered Jerusalem to Saladin in October of 1187.
Balian told Saladin that Christians were prepared to massacre all their Muslim prisoners and destroy the Muslim holy places in the city if Saladin insisted on storming Jerusalem.
Balian’s father states that peace between Muslims and Christians lies at “the end of crusade.” (Actually, the word “crusade” was also unknown to that period.) The “end of crusade” was either the capture or protection of Jerusalem.
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 Hollywood version: the Third Crusade was never like this Weekly Standard, The - Find Articles   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Our hero, young Balian of Ibelin (Orlando Bloom), is taught this lesson twice in the course of the movie, once by his Crusader father, and once by Baldwin IV, the saintly leper who is the ruler of Jerusalem.
Balian decides he must be cleansed of his sins, and also thinks maybe he can save his wife from the fires of Hell, by going to Jerusalem.
Balian continues to receive a quality education in ethnic sensitivity from none other than Saladin, whose march toward Jerusalem forms the narrative spine of Kingdom of Heaven.
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Balian's miniature army had fought with the dogged desperation of those who were beyond hope.
Balian distinguished himself with his coolness and ferocity at the last throw of the dice.
Balian begged, humbling and degrading himself before the inflexible Sultan, who had not wished to attack the Holy City, but now that it was done, intended to fire out its population to the last man and woman.
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 Welcome to Ethics Daily.com!
Balian initially refuses, but after a run-in with a priest, he changes his mind.
Balian is thus on course for the Holy Land, and after some twists and turns, he arrives—to find relative peace among the various religions, which, as one character notes, is ironic to find at the end of a crusade.
Cast: Balian of Ibelin: Orlando Bloom; Sibylla: Eva Green; Godfrey of Ibelin: Liam Neeson; Tiberias: Jeremy Irons; The Hospitaler: David Thewlis; King Baldwin: Edward Norton; Reynald: Brendan Gleeson; Guy de Lusignan: Marton Csokas.
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 Dajani-Shakeel. Salah al-Din
Balian ultimately did negotiate the surrender of the city, but only after he had broken his agreement with Salah al-Din and played a dramatic role in its defence.
According to Ernoul, Balian left the city to negotiate with Salah al-Din, and, while the talks were in progress, the Muslim forces succeeded in raising their flag on the main wall.
Balian then threatened that the Latins inside the city would fight to the death: They would burn their houses, destroy the Dome of the Rock, uproot the Rock, and kill all Muslim prisoners, who were estimated to number in the thousands; they would destroy their property and kill their women and children.
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 Scott's 'Kingdom': Heaven Help Us
WE KNOW we're supposed to be watching "Kingdom of Heaven," Ridley Scott's epic about the battle of wills between Balian of Ibelin (Orlando Bloom), a 12th-century French crusader charged with protecting Jerusalem, and Saladin (Ghassan Massoud), the Muslim leader whose multitudinous army stands in force outside the holy city.
Bloom's Balian is a flsmith in France, who learns he's the illegitimate son of crusader knight Godfrey (Liam Neeson, these days a regular paternal figure in epics), whose chivalrous reputation is well known in the Holy Land.
Monahan and Scott sure ratchet up Balian's motivation to go: His wife just committed suicide, which means she will remain in hell unless he redeems himself somewhere.
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 Welcome to Hopenet!
Balian’s own crisis is both tragic and craven: in the midst of despair over his young wife’s death, he angrily and impulsively murders an insensitive and greedy priest.
The illicit romance between Balian and the principal villain’s wife is simultaneously predictable and surprising.
At the end of Scott’s story, Balian is still a just a fugitive flsmith in search of forgiveness and the hand of God: he has not completed his journey of faith; he has simply eliminated one useless and tragic option for its completion.
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 "....." by Joe Mariani   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Balian of Ibelin defended the city with only two knights, and he negotiated the city’s surrender to Saladin.
Later, the fictional Balian shows that while shoeing horses (using iron shoes, a bit ahead of his time) in a small French village, he had found the time to master the intricacies of siege warfare and ballistics.
The real Balian of Ibelin was not a knight’s bastard suddenly raised to the nobility; he was born and bred a knight.
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 thetruereligion.org - Articles-Some Medieval Accounts of Salah al-Din's Recovery of Jerusalem
Ernoul mentions that while Salah al-Din was in Tyre, Balian sought his permission to go to Jerusalem in order to rescue his wife, Maria Comnena, as well as other members of his family and their possessions.
After arriving in Jerusalem, Balian was pressed by the patriarch to remain there and to mobilize the population for its defence.
Since money was scarce, Balian, with the blessing of the Patriarch Heraclius, stripped the silver from the roof of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and used it, along with some church funds and money that King Henry II of England had sent to the Hospitallers, to produce a currency.
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Nor is there much to suggest that Balian had a torrid (or even tepid) affair with Princess Sibylla, sister of King Baldwin and wife of Guy of Lusignan—although she had jilted Balian's brother Baldwin of Ibelin for Guy when it was clear he would become king.
After the defeat at Hattin, Balian returned to Jerusalem, already besieged by Saladin, to get his wife out—who was actually Maria Comnena, grand-niece of the Byzantine emperor and dowager queen of Jerusalem (she had been married to Amalric, the king before Baldwin IV).
Balian intended to flee with her to Christian-held territory on the coast, and secured Saladin's permission to enter the city on condition that he take an oath to stay only one night.
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 Weekend: Bitter foes, worthy contenders
Balian of Ibelin (Orlando Bloom, left) leads his knights into battle in Kingdom of Heaven.
Balian of Ibelin (Orlando Bloom) is a Catholic flsmith whose wife committed suicide, a mortal sin that makes him fear for her soul.
Balian accompanies his illegitimate father, Godfrey (Liam Neeson), and other crusaders responding to a rising Muslim insurgency intent on recapturing the holy city.
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 Kingdom of Heaven
Balian: To be buried a hundred yards from where I was born.
Balian: That he is king of the {Sharasins} and that he surrounds this kingdom.
Balian: It has fallen to us to defend Jerusalem and we have made our preparations as well as they can be made.
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 Thomas F. Madden on Kingdom of Heaven on National Review Online
The story itself is centered on Balian of Ibelin (Orlando Bloom), a French flsmith on the run because he has killed a priest.
Picking up swordplay and chivalry on the trip, Balian is knighted and settles in the Holy Land where he has a love affair with the king’s sister, fights plenty of gory battles, and ends up commanding the defense of Jerusalem when Saladin shows up.
When preparing for the defense of Jerusalem, Balian proclaims that it is not the stones that matter, but the people living in the city.
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