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|Father||**Basisan of Ibelin2 b. circa 1100, d. circa 1150|
|Mother||**Helvis of Ramla b. circa 1120|
|Birth||circa 1143||Balian was born circa 1143.1
|!AInfoNew||1150||After the death of Balian's brother Hugh in 1150,
the castle of Ibelin passed to Baldwin (his brother), who then gave it
to Balian, preferring to remain lord of Ramla. Balian and Baldwin
supported Raymond III of Tripoli over Miles of Plancy as regent for
King Baldwin IV in 1174, and in 1177 the brothers were present at the
Battle of Montgisard.3
|Balian of Ibelin (died 1193) was an important
noble of the crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem in the 12th century. He was
the son of Barisan of Ibelin and brother of Hugh and Baldwin. His name
was also Barisan, but the pronunciation of the name in Old French
changed to "Balian" in the course of the 12th century; he is sometimes
known as Balian the Younger when his father is also referred to as
Balian. He is also called Balian of Ramla or Balian of Nablus.3
|Marriage||1176||Balian of Ibelin married **Marie Theodora Comnene Princess of Byzantium Empire, daughter of **John II Comnenus Emperor of Byzantine and **Prisca Irene of Hungary, 1176. Balian married Maria Comnena, widow of King Amalric I, and received the lordship of Nablus.
1. Jean d'Ibelin "the Old", Lord of Beirut and Arsur, Constable and Bailiff of Jerusalem, Bailiff of Cyprus
2. Philippe d'Ibelin, Regent of Cyprus, +1227; 1m: Maria, dau.of Vahran of Korokos, Marshal of Armenia; 2m: 1207/10 Alix von Mömpelgard (+after 1244)
3. Helvis d'Ibelin who is followed further
4. Marguerite, Lady of Ibelin, +after 1240; 1m: Hugues de Saint-Omer; 2m: before 1210 Gautier of Caesarea (+1229)
5. unnamed daughter taken as a slave to Baghdad 1193.3,4
|1187||In 1183 Balian and his brother supported Raymond
against Guy of Lusignan, husband of Sibylla of Jerusalem and by now
regent for the ailing Baldwin IV. Balian was present at the coronation
ceremony of Baldwin V in 1183, while Baldwin IV was still alive; this
was an attempt to prevent Guy from succeeding as king. Baldwin IV died
in 1185 and eight-year old Baldwin V became king, but when the young
king died in 1186, Raymond's choice for the kingship, Humphrey IV of
Toron, refused the crown and joined Guy. Balian reluctantly paid homage
to Guy, while his brother refused to do so and exiled himself to
Balian remained in the kingdom and escaped the defeat at the Battle of Hattin in 1187. Along with Queen Sibylla and Patriarch Heraclius, he helped defend Jerusalem and negotiated its subsequent surrender to Saladin in October of that year. Ibelin, Nablus, Ramla and all of Balian's other territories were captured by Saladin after Hattin, but Balian and his family were permitted to flee to Tripoli. Balian at first supported Guy in the struggle for the kingship against Conrad of Montferrat, but then conspired with Maria to have Conrad marry Isabella of Jerusalem, Maria's daughter from her marriage to Amalric, giving Conrad a stronger claim to the kingdom. After Conrad's death and Isabella's remarriage to Henry II of Champagne, Balian remained one of Henry's advisors, and in 1192 he helped negotiate the treaty between Richard I of England and Saladin, ending the Third Crusade. Ibelin remained under Saladin's control, but Richard compensated Balian with a new lordship at Caymont.
Balian died in 1193. His son John of Ibelin was Lord of Beirut and constable of Jerusalem.
A scribe of Balian named Ernoul wrote an Old French continuation of the Latin chronicle of William of Tyre.
Balian became a common name in the Ibelin family in the 13th century. Balian, lord of Beirut, son of John and grandson of the above Balian, succeeded his father as lord of Beirut in 1236. Balian of Beirut's brother, also named John, had a son named Balian; this Balian was lord of Arsuf and married Plaisance of Antioch.
||circa 1193||Balian died circa 1193.1|
|Family||**Marie Theodora Comnene Princess of Byzantium Empire||b. between 1143 and 1148, d. after 1206|
|Child||1.||**Helvis of Ibelin+ b. c 1177, d. c 1216|
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