After Amalric's death, relations between the Latin East and the West remained characterized by the use of members of the Military Orders and senior churchmen as envoys. Pressure continued to be exerted on the kings of England and France to travel to the Holy Land and, in furtherance of this hope, the papacy issued several calls for a new crusade. The first known contact with the West during the reign of Baldwin IV was instigated by Miles of Plancy, regent for the thirteen-year-old leper-king. It was rumoured that Miles had sent messengers to France, probably his native Champagne, requesting help to enable him to take control of the kingdom for himself. Notwithstanding the cooling in the relationship between the Franks of Jerusalem and Byzantium, it remained the case that Manuel Comnenus's diplomatic and military decisions could still affect the settlers' position and might also impact upon their dealings with the West.
Keywords: Military Orders; Churchmen; envoys; kings; rulers; Manuel Comnenus
Chapter. 18820 words.
Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)
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