This is my first set and I had to learn something new so this is my tribute to the great King Baldwin IV of Jerusalem.

Baldwin IV (1161 – 16 March 1185), called the Leper or the Leprous, reigned as King of Jerusalem from 1174 until his death. He was the son of Amalric I of Jerusalem and his first wife, Agnes of Courtenay.

As a leper, Baldwin was not expected to reign long or produce an heir, and courtiers and lords positioned themselves for influence over Baldwin’s heirs, his sister Sibylla and his half-sister Isabella. Sibylla was being raised by her great-aunt Ioveta in the convent of Bethany, while Isabella was at the court of her mother, the dowager queen Maria Comnena, in Nablus.


Just some books that have King Baldwin in them :)
I’ve read too many Baldwin books…well, I tried reading the french one and failed miserably(considering I don’t know that much French) but I hear it’s a bad one anyway

bematthe said: The fascination with men in masks is interesting. Are we secretly admitting that all men aren’t pretty? ;)

Maybe women can project their own feelings and personalities on men in masks, which makes them more attractive and mentally malleable than full-faced men.


Maybe because despite high levels of physical strength and power, men in masks have a feminine level of self-consciousness and body disgust that female viewers can relate to.

Maybe women see their own feelings of unworthiness for love in men in masks, and female viewers wanting to love and comfort these men is reflection of how they themselves would like to be taken care of and noticed.

History records few more tragic careers than that of Baldwin IV, the “leper king”. Only thirteen at the time of his father’s death, afflicted with a terrible disease which sapped his strength and caused an untimely death, he nevertheless in the short years of his life displayed a heroic fortitude and remarkable intelligence.
—  Setton, K. A History of the Crusades; Volume 1.

image: William of Tyre discovers Baldwin’s first symptoms of leprosy (MS of L'Estoire d'Eracles (French translation of William of Tyre's Historia), painted in France, 1250s. British Library, London.)

Baldwin IV of Jerusalem (1161–16 March 1185), called the Leper or the Leprous, the son of Amalric I of Jerusalem and his first wife, Agnes of Courtenay, was king of Jerusalem from 1174 to 1185. 

Baldwin’s father died in 1174 and the boy was crowned at the age of thirteen, on 15 July that year. As a leper, Baldwin was not expected to reign long or produce an heir, and courtiers and lords positioned themselves for influence over Baldwin’s heirs, his sister Princess Sibylla and his half-sister Princess Isabella.  He died in Jerusalem in spring 1185, a few months after the death of his mother Agnes in Acre late in 1184. Though often suffering from the effects of leprosy and ruling with regency governments, Baldwin was able to maintain himself as king for much longer than otherwise might have been expected.

A fictionalised version of Baldwin is played by Edward Norton in the 2005 movie Kingdom of Heaven. This portrayal reduces the severity of his disabilities, and depicts him as essentially peace-loving, rather than as a tough young warrior-king. The mask he wears in the film is an invention of the screenwriter William Monahan, and has no basis in contemporary accounts.

(the whole article here)

Caption from the movie:

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Remember, how so ever you are played, or by whom, your soul is in your keeping alone, even though those who presume to play you be kings or men of power. When you stand before God, you cannot say, “But I was told by others to do thus or that virtue was not convenient at the time.” This will not suffice. Remember that.
—  King Baldwin IV ‘the Leper’, in Kingdom of Heaven.