DEFENDING THE CITY OF GOD


DEFENDING THE CITY OF GOD

SHARAN NEWMAN    Book Number: 82607    Product format: Hardback

In an age dominated by powerful men, Queen Melisende ruled Jerusalem, yet her name is scarcely known today. It was the time of the Crusades, when a multicultural world was forming as Templar knights, Jewish merchants, Muslim peasants and Turkish caliphs together with Christian children of the first Crusaders struggled to survive. Their land was constantly at war and the cultures blended to form a united community, overseen by Queen Melisende, who had inherited her title from her father. Her husband, Fulk, became King, but was an ambitious, power-hungry man who tended to push his wife into the background. After 23 years of marriage Fulk died after being thrown from his horse while chasing a hare. As he fell, the saddle landed on his head and 'His brains gushed forth from both ears and nostrils'. Later that year, 1143, Melisende, together with her son Baldwin III, were crowned Queen and King in the church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. She had not become regent for her son, or been relegated to a role as queen mother. The joint coronation was to remind the kingdom that she was still the lawful ruler. The author has gathered together what facts are known about the Queen and placed them into the correct context to produce this intriguing account of a strong woman, who it seems was very well-respected. 256pp. Illus.
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