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Unrest in Antioch, 1130–8

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/9780198205401.003.0003
Unrest in Antioch, 1130–8

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In 1127, King Baldwin II of Jerusalem had an eligible heiress available to marry. Notwithstanding the possible claim via Mathilda of Boulogne, in essence the task was merely to decide who should marry Melisende. The relative simplicity of this situation was in sharp contrast to the circumstances when the Latin settlers next turned to the West for a husband for Melisende. Bohemond's death, less than four years after he reached the East, was a heavy blow to the principality. He had already proved to be an effective soldier. After the death of Baldwin II, Alice again attempted to seize power in Antioch. The combination of Alice's political machinations and the absence of strong leadership caused the nobles in Antioch to send urgent messages to King Fulk of Jerusalem pleading with him to re-establish order.

Keywords: heiress; kings; rulers; leadership; nobility; Jerusalem

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Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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