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Baldwin I of Jerusalem, 1100-1118

1st Edition

By Susan B. Edgington


204 pages

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Baldwin of Boulogne was born the youngest of three sons and marked out for a clerical career, yet in turn he became a First Crusader, first Latin count of Edessa and the founder of the Latin kingdom of Jerusalem. Nevertheless, remarkably, he has never been the subject of a full-length biography. This study examines in detail the stages of Baldwin’s career, returning to the contemporary evidence to discover the qualities that enabled him not only to succeed his brother as ruler in 1100 but to maintain and expand the new kingdom of Jerusalem through the next eighteen years in the face of aggression from Muslim enemies and rivalry from fellow crusaders.

Table of Contents

List of maps

List of abbreviations


Note on translations

  1. First Crusader

    Baldwin the Younger Son

    The First Crusade

    The Journey to Constantinople

    Contacts with Byzantium


    The Oath to Alexios

    The Evidence

  2. Nicaea to Edessa

    The Siege of Nicaea

    The Battle of Dorylaeum

    Cilician Adventure or Cilician Campaign?



    Coming of Age


  3. Count of Edessa

    Why Edessa?

    The Invitation from Edessa

    The Coup

    Ruler of Edessa

    The Armenian Marriage


    Support for the Crusade

    Pilgrimage to Jerusalem

  4. Crisis in Jerusalem, 1100

    Bohemond’s Capture

    Godfrey’s Rule in Jerusalem

    Godfrey’s Title

    Godfrey’s Death

    The Succession Dispute

    Baldwin’s Journey to Jerusalem

  5. King of Jerusalem

    A Royal Progress



    Bohemond’s Captivity and Release

    Raymond of Saint-Gilles

    Daibert of Pisa

    The Failure of the Holy Fire, 1101

    Six Years Later

  6. Ecclesiastical Affairs

    The Patriarchate of Jerusalem

    Daibert of Pisa

    Baldwin’s Accession

    Patriarch Evremar (1102-1108)

    Patriarch Gibelin (1108-1112)

    Patriarch Arnulf (1112-1118)

  7. The Conquest of the Littoral


    The Situation at Baldwin’s Accession

    The Capture of Arsuf, 1101

    The Siege and Capture of Caesarea, 1101

    The Siege and Capture of Acre, 1104

    The Capture of Tripoli (1109) and Beirut (1110)

    The Capture of Sidon, 1110


  8. Fighting the Saracens

    The First Battle of Ramla, 1101

    Arrival of the ‘Crusade of 1101’

    The Second Battle of Ramla, 1102

    A Saracen Ambush, 1103

    The Third Battle of Ramla, 1105

    Ambushes and Raids

  9. The Army, Administration, and Allies


    The Army


    The Crusader States

    Edessa and Antioch


    Attacks by Mawdūd of Mosul, 1110-1113

    The Turkish Invasion of 1115



  10. Last Years and Legacy


    Into Arabia

    The Last Campaign

    The Funeral Procession

    Tomb and Epitaph

    Twelfth-Century Assessments of Baldwin

    William of Tyre

    Baldwin’s Marriages

    The Succession




About the Author

Susan B. Edgington is a teaching and research fellow at Queen Mary University of London. She has written extensively on many aspects of the crusades, but it is her close familiarity with the Latin sources for the period in question, 1095-1118, that uniquely qualifies her to write this biography. She is the editor and translator of Albert of Aachen’s Historia Ierosolimitana (Oxford, 2007); translator (with Thomas S. Asbridge) of Walter the Chancellor’s The Antiochene Wars (Aldershot, 1999); (with Carol Sweetenham) of The Chanson d’Antioche (Farnham, 2011); and (with Steven Biddlecombe) of Badric of Bourgueil’s History of the Jerusalemites (Woodbridge, forthcoming). Her critical comparison of the relationship of Bartolf of Nangis’ Gesta Francorum Iherusalem expugnantium with the chronicle of Fulcher of Chartres (Crusades 13, 2014) will lead to a new edition and translation of this important source.

About the Series

Rulers of the Latin East

Academics concerned with the history of the Crusades and the Latin East will be familiar with the various survey histories that have been produced for this fascinating topic. Many historians have published wide-ranging texts that either seek to make sense of the strange phenomenon that was the Crusades or shed light upon the Christian territories of the Latin East. Such panoramic works have helped to generate enormous interest in this subject, but they can only take their readers so far. Works addressing the lives of individual rulers - whether kings, queens, counts, princes or patriarchs - are less common and yet are needed if we are to achieve a more detailed understanding of this period.

This series seeks to address this need by stimulating a collection of political biographies of the men and women who ruled the Latin East between 1098 and 1291 and the kingdom of Cyprus up to 1571. These focus in detail upon the evolving political and diplomatic events of this period, whilst shedding light upon more thematic issues such as: gender and marriage, intellectual life, kingship and governance, military history and inter-faith relations.

For further information about the series please contact Michael Greenwood at [email protected]


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Medieval