Guy of Ibelin (died 1304)

Guy of Ibelin (French: Guy d'Ibelin) (1250/1255 – 1304), of the Ibelin family, was Count of Jaffa and Ascalon during the latter part of the Crusades.[1][2] He was the son of John of Ibelin (aka John of Jaffa)[3][4] and Maria of Barbaron.[5][6] He was Count in name only. His father, John of Jaffa, had died in 1266, after which the fragile truce with the Muslims collapsed, and Jaffa was captured by Baibars in 1268. John was probably succeeded by Guy's older brother James, who held the title of Count of Jaffa until his death in 1276, at which point the title passed to Guy.[7]

Armoiries Ibelin.svg
Coat-of-arms of Ibelin.
titular count of Jaffa and Ascalon
Reign1266 - 1304
PredecessorJohn (jurist)
SuccessorPhilip (his son)
Noble familyHouse of Ibelin-Jaffa
Spouse(s)Maria of Ibelin, Lady of Ascalon and Naumachia
Philip, Count of Jaffa
Maria, wife of Hugh IV of Cyprus
Hugh, Seneschal of Jerusalem
FatherJohn (jurist)
MotherMaria of Barbaron

In 1299/1300, Guy was able to capture Byblos with a Genoese fleet, but held it only briefly. He also met with the Mongol leader Kutlushah in 1301, in an unsuccessful attempt to coordinate a military attack against the Muslims.[8] In 1302 he and his family were captured by pirates while staying at their ancestral fiefdom in Episcopia, Cyprus.[9]

He died on February 14, 1304, and was buried in Nicosia, Cyprus, in a pauper's grave in accordance with his vows. Guy must have been held in high regard on the island, judging from the turmoil following his death reported by the chronicler Amadi.[10][11]


Guy married twice. His second wife was Maria, Lady of Ascalon and Naumachia, daughter of Philip of Ibelin and Simone de Montbeliard. Guy and Maria had five children:[12]

  • Philip (born before 1293, died 1315/1316 in Kyrenia), Count of Jaffa
  • John (died 1315/1316 in Kyrenia)
  • Maria (b. 1294, died before 1318), first wife of the man who later became Hugh IV of Cyprus in 1324
  • Hugh (b. 1295/1300, died before May 10, 1349), Count of Jaffa, and then Seneschal of Jerusalem. Second husband of Isabella of Ibelin, widow of Infante don Fernando de Mallorca and daughter of Philip of Ibelin, Seneschal of Cyprus, and his second wife Maria of Giblet.
  • Balian (b. 1298/1300), married Joan of Montfort, daughter of Rupen of Montfort


  1. ^ Rudt de Collenberg, W. H. (1977), "Les Ibelin aux XIIIe et XIVe siècles", Επετηρίς Κέντρου Επιστημονικών Ερευνών Κύπρου, 9
  2. ^ Rüdt de Collenberg, W. H. (1983), Familles de l'Orient latin XIIe-XIVe siècles, Variorum reprints, pp. 117–265, reprint of article Les Ibelin aux XIIIe et XIVe siècles.
  3. ^ Edbury, P. (July 1974), "The Ibelin Counts of Jaffa: A Previously Unknown Passage from the 'Lignages d'Outremer'", The English Historical Review, Oxford University Press, 89 (352): 604–610, doi:10.1093/ehr/lxxxix.ccclii.604, JSTOR 567428
  4. ^ Steven Runciman, History of the Crusades: Volume III, p. 324
  5. ^ Armenia, Foundation for medieval genealogy, 2008-07-28, retrieved 2008-11-23 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Nielen-Vandervoorde, Marie-Adélaïde (2003), Lignages d'Outremer, Documents relatifs à l'histoire des Croisades, Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, ISBN 2-87754-141-X
  7. ^ Marshall, Christopher (1992), Warfare in the Latin East, 1192–1291, Cambridge University Press, pp. 142–143, ISBN 0-521-39428-7
  8. ^ Richard, Jean (1979), The Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem, North-Holland Publishing Company, pp. 432–433, ISBN 0-444-85262-X
  9. ^ Nikolaou-Konnarē, Angel; Schabel, Christopher David (2005), Cyprus: Society and Culture 1191–1374, BRILL, p. 81, ISBN 90-04-14767-5; Amadi, Francesco (1891), Chroniques d'Amadi et de Strambaldi (in Italian), René de Mas), p. 238; Rogge, Sabine; Grünbart, Michael (2015). Medieval Cyprus: a Place of Cultural Encounter. Waxmann Verlag. p. 152. ISBN 9783830983606. Retrieved 7 June 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ Edbury, Peter (July 1974), "The Ibelin Counts of Jaffa", The English Historical Review, Oxford University Press, 89 (352): 604–610, doi:10.1093/ehr/lxxxix.ccclii.604
  11. ^ Amadi, Francesco (1891), Chroniques d'Amadi et de Strambaldi (publiées par M. René de Mas), p. 240: "per rechiese per deviocion lui de esser sepulto con li poveri" ; "di gran danno a l'isola de Cypro, imperochè molti scandali, travagli et inconvenienti acorseno, che se fosse stato lui vivo non sariano stati come ho ditto."
  12. ^ Jerusalem nobility: Count and Lords of Jaffa (Ibelin), Foundation for medieval genealogy, 2007-05-14, retrieved 2008-11-23 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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