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King Baldwin II of Jerusalem and the West

Jonathan Phillips

in Defenders of the Holy Land

Published in print March 1996 | ISBN: 9780198205401
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191676611 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205401.003.0002
King Baldwin II of Jerusalem and the West

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Leaving aside the exceptional circumstances that surrounded Prince Bohemond I's visit to France in 1106–7, the first occasion on which the settlers turned to the West for military assistance was after the calamitous defeat at the Battle of the Field of Blood in June 1119. It seems that the reason why the Venetians were approached was a reflection of the military situation in the Latin East. In 1123, a fleet arrived in the eastern Mediterranean and defeated an Egyptian squadron off Ascalon. In the 12th century, the Latin East was in a constant state of war with its neighbours. There was great emphasis on military strength and leadership in battle and in such circumstances it was usually essential in the eyes of contemporaries for there to be male rulers.

Keywords: Bohemond; Battle of the Field of Blood; Venetians; Latin East; Ascalon

Chapter.  13391 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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