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.
My three part Biographical Novel of Balian is dedicated to bringing him, his age and society back to life.
Learn more about the historical Balian d’Ibelin and the Kingdom of Jerusalem below.