Guy of Ibelin, constable of Cyprus

Guy of Ibelin (French: Guy d'Ibelin) (1215/1218 – after May 1255) was marshal and constable of the kingdom of Cyprus. He was the fifth son of John of Ibelin, the Old Lord of Beirut, and of Melisende of Arsuf.[1] He had close relations with the king of Cyprus, Henry I, acting as witness for two royal decrees; he was probably one of the king's executors named in a papal bull of Pope Alexander IV. With his brother Baldwin of Ibelin, he led the Cypriot crusaders in the siege of Damietta in 1248.[2] According to the medieval chronicler Jean de Joinville, he was one of the most accomplished knights of his generation and a benevolent ruler on Cyprus.[3][4][5] Joinville recounts an episode when he, Guy and Baldwin had been taken prisoner by saracen rebels:[6]

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Coat-of-arms of Ibelin
constable of Cyprus
Diedafter May 1255
Noble familyHouse of Ibelin
Spouse(s)Phillipa, daughter of Aimery Berlais
Baldwin, constable of Cyprus
Balian, seneschal of Cyprus
FatherJohn of Ibelin, the Old Lord of Beirut
MotherMelisende of Arsuf

I asked the lord Baldwin of Ibelin, who knew the saracen tongue well, what the men were saying. He answered that they were talking about cutting off our heads. Many men then made confession to a brother of the Holy Trinity, named John, belonging to the retinue of count William of Flanders. I could not think of a single sin. At the same time I was thinking that the more I defended myself the worse it would be. Then I crossed myself and knelt at the foot of a Saracen, who had a Danish axe in his hand, saying,"Thus was St Agnes killed." Guy of Ibelin, constable of Cypress, knelt beside me and made his confession to me. I answered him: "I grant you absolution by the power God has given me." But when I got up, I could not remember what he had said or told me.

Guy married Phillipa Berlais, daughter of Aimery Berlais.[7][8] Their children were:

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  1. ^ Cawley, Charles (2007-05-14), Medieval Lands Project: Jerusalem nobility, Medieval Lands database, Foundation for Medieval Genealogy,[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ The Kingdom of Cyprus and the Crusades, 1191-1374, Cambridge University Press, 1993, pp. 70=71, ISBN 0-521-45837-4
  3. ^ Du Cange, Charles D. (1972), Les Familles D'Outre-Mer, Ayer Publishing, pp. 369–370, 378, ISBN 0-8337-0932-1
  4. ^ Wedgewood, Ethel (1902), The Memoirs of the Lord of Joinville, archived from the original on 2012-03-16, retrieved 2008-11-24
  5. ^ Nikolaou-Konnarē, Angel; Schabel, Christopher David (2005), Cyprus: Society and Culture 1191-1374, BRILL, pp. 82–83, ISBN 90-04-14767-5
  6. ^ Verbruggen, J. F. (1997), Art of Warfare in Western Europe during the Middle Ages from the Eighth Century: From the Eighth Century to 1340, Boydell & Brewer, p. 48, ISBN 0-85115-570-7
  7. ^ Edbury, Peter W. (1993), The Kingdom of Cyprus and the Crusades, 1191-1374, Cambridge University Press, p. 66, ISBN 0-521-45837-4, footnote 93
  8. ^ Du Cange, Charles D. (1972), Les Familles D'Outre-Mer, Ayer Publishing, p. 378, ISBN 0-8337-0932-1, the genealogical table C shows the family tree for Guy's progeny