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Queen Sybil of Jerusalem as a military leader

Nicholson, Helen ORCID: 2020. Queen Sybil of Jerusalem as a military leader. Burgtorf, Jochen, Hoffart, Christian and Kubon, Sebastian, eds. Von Hamburg nach Java. Studien zur mittelalterlichen, neuen und digitalen Geschichte zu Ehren von Jürgen Sarnowsky, Nova Mediaevalia: Quellen und Studien zum europaeischen Mittelalter, vol. 18. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, pp. 265-276.

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Queen Sybil of Jerusalem (1186–1190), queen in her own right, is not known as a great military leader. She is more famous for her marriage to a man who was thoroughly hated by some of her most powerful and influential nobles and who lost her kingdom and his freedom to the Muslim ruler Saladin in 1187. However, by the time of her death she had ransomed her husband from Saladin, the Third Crusade was underway with the siege of Acre, and the ground had been laid for the eventual re-establishment of a much reduced Kingdom of Jerusalem or Kingdom of Acre that would endure for almost another century. These small gains were partly due to the general-ship of King Guy, but arguably also due to Sybil’s own determination to continue the fight against Saladin after her husband’s defeat at Hattin. This chapter seeks to establish Sybil’s actions between Guy’s capture at Hattin on 4 July 1187 and his release from captivity at least ten months later, in late spring or early summer 1188, and to explore how far she was involved in military leadership during this period.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D111 Medieval History
D History General and Old World > DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World
Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
ISBN: 9783847112167
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2022 09:56

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