The Intensification of Amalric's Diplomatic Efforts

Jonathan Phillips

in Defenders of the Holy Land

Published in print March 1996 | ISBN: 9780198205401
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191676611 | DOI:
The Intensification of Amalric's Diplomatic Efforts

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This chapter discusses the intensification of Amalric's diplomatic efforts. In the spring of 1169, an assembly met in Jerusalem to discuss the danger posed by Nur ad-Din's capture of Egypt. William of Tyre related that ‘the wise men of the kingdom’ assessed the gravity of their situation. They unanimously selected the bishop of Acre and the archbishop of Caesarea to convey an appeal to the West for large-scale military assistance. The leader of the embassy was a man of considerable standing in the kingdom of Jerusalem. Amalric wrote that Frederick was ‘an illustrious man by his birth and wisdom’. The approach made to King William II of Sicily was a significant development in links between the Latin settlers and the West. William was a minor and the country was under the rule of a regent, his mother Queen Margaret.

Keywords: diplomacy; Nurad-Din; archbishop; King William II; queens

Chapter.  24700 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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