Hollywood made him a blacksmith; Arab chronicles said he was “like a king.”
He served a leper, but defied Richard the Lionheart. He fought Saladin to a stand-still, yet retained his respect.
Rather than dally with a princess, he married a dowager queen -- and founded a dynasty. He was a warrior and a diplomat both.
Learn more about the historical Balian d’Ibelin and the Kingdom of Jerusalem below.