Balian of Beirut
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Balian III of Beirut (died 1247) was the Lord of Beirut, the second of his family, from 1236, and a son of the famous "Old Lord" John of Ibelin, by his second wife Melisende of Arsuf. From his father he assumed the leadership of the nobility in the War of the Lombards, fought against the agents of the Emperor Frederick II.
|Lord of Beirut|
|Predecessor||John I of Beirut|
|Successor||John II of Beirut|
|Noble family||House of Ibelin-Beirut|
|Spouse(s)||Eschiva de Montfaucon|
|Father||John I of Beirut|
|Mother||Melisende of Arsuf|
He was a warrior from an early age. At the Battle of Agridi in 1232, though he was supposed to be in the rearguard with his father and the King of Cyprus, he instead went to the front, beside either Hugh of Ibelin and Anceau of Brie, commanders of the first and second battles. At the battle, Balian won fame defending a pass from the Lombards. A story is told in the Gestes des Chiprois that Balian once struck a Lombard knight so hard that he himself was dismounted.
|Ancestors of Balian of Beirut|
John I of Beirut
| Lord of Beirut
Hugh of Beirut
- Peters, Edward, ed. (1971). Christian Society and the Crusades, 1198-1229 (2nd ed.). University of Pennsylvania Press.
- Marshall, Christopher. Warfare in the Latin East, 1192–1291. Cambridge University Press, 1992.