Rulers of the Latin East

Series Editors:

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

  • Godfrey of Bouillon: Duke of Lower Lotharingia, Ruler of Latin Jerusalem, c.1060-1100 book cover

    Godfrey of Bouillon

    Duke of Lower Lotharingia, Ruler of Latin Jerusalem, c.1060-1100, 1st Edition

    By Simon John

    This book offers a new appraisal of the ancestry and career of Godfrey of Bouillon (c.1060-1100), a leading participant in the First Crusade (1096-99), and the first ruler of Latin Jerusalem (1099-1100), the polity established by the crusaders after they captured the Holy City. While previous…

    Paperback – 2019-06-20 
    Rulers of the Latin East

  • Baldwin I of Jerusalem, 1100-1118 book cover

    Baldwin I of Jerusalem, 1100-1118

    1st Edition

    By Susan B. Edgington

    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.…

    Hardback – 2019-01-30
    Rulers of the Latin East

  • The Counts of Tripoli and Lebanon in the Twelfth Century: Sons of Saint-Gilles book cover

    The Counts of Tripoli and Lebanon in the Twelfth Century

    Sons of Saint-Gilles, 1st Edition

    By Kevin James Lewis

    The county of Tripoli in what is now North Lebanon is arguably the most neglected of the so-called ‘crusader states’ established in the Middle East at the beginning of the twelfth century. The present work is the first monograph on the county to be published in English, and the first in any western…

    Hardback – 2017-05-04
    Rulers of the Latin East