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Almaric I of Jerusalem, King of Jerusalem

Almaric I of Jerusalem, King of Jerusalem[1]

Male 1136 - 1174  (38 years)

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  • Name Almaric I of Jerusalem 
    Crusaders
    Crusaders
    First (1095–1099); Second (1147–1149); Third or the Kings' Crusade (1189–1192); Forth (1202–1204); Fifth (1213–1221); Sixth (1228); Barons' (1239); Seventh (1248-1254); Eighth (1270); and Ninth (1271-1272).
    Arms of the Kingdom of Jerusalem
    Arms of the Kingdom of Jerusalem
    Suffix King of Jerusalem 
    Born 1136 
    Gender Male 
    Military Spring 1163  Beqaa Valley, Lebanon Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Battle of al-Buqaia 
    The battle of al-Buqaia
    The battle of al-Buqaia
    Nur al-Din was surprised at Al-Buqai'a al-Hosn, almost being captured and suffering a humiliating defeat. Asbridge marks this as the point at which he became truly committed to jihad. He exacted revenge shortly thereafter at Harim, crushing the armies of Antioch and Tripoli.
    Title 18 Feb 1163  Jerusalem Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Crowned King of Jerusalem 
    The Crusader States, 1165
    The Crusader States, 1165
    Military 4 Nov 1168  Bilbais, Egypt Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Sack of Bilbais 
    • The Shi'a Fatamids found themselves under increasing pressure from the Sunni north. To meet the threat, an alliance was brokered with Latin Jerusalem. It was short-lived, however. Sensing an advantage, Almaric turned on his allies, massacred the inhabitants of Bilbais and then marched his army to Cairo. Betrayed, the Fatamids turned to Nur al-Din. Almaric had overplayed his hand; his grasping policy ultimately led to the deposition of the Egyptian caliphate and the installation of Zangid rule in the person of the Kurd Yussuf ibn Ayyub, Salah al-Din.
    • Jones explains Almaric's Egyptian vision: "[S]ecurity around Ascalon and Gaza would be much improved if the crusader kings could lay claim to the Nile delta cities father down the coast, such as Damietta, Rosetta and Alexandria. He also knew trade links would be considerably boosted if any or all of these could be taken." [4]
    Also Known As Amaury of Jerusalem 
    Died 11 Jul 1174  Jerusalem Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7
    Buried Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Church of the Holy Sepulchre
    Church of the Holy Sepulchre
    Person ID I1987  Dickinson
    Last Modified 6 Nov 2017 

    Father Fulk V d'Anjou, Comte d'Anjou, King of Jerusalem,   b. Abt 1092, Angers, Maine-et-Loire, Pays de la Loire, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Nov 1144, Acre, Israel Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 52 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Melisende of Jerusalem, Queen of Jerusalem,   b. 1105, Sanlıurfa, Turkey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Sep 1161, Jerusalem Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 1129  [8, 9
    Family ID F463  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Agnes de Courtenay, Queen consort of Jerusalem,   b. 1133,   d. ca. 1185  (Age 52 years) 
    Married 1158 
    Divorced 1163  [10
    Children 
    +1. Sibylle of Jerusalem, Queen of Jerusalem,   b. ca. 1160,   d. Autumn 1190, Acre, Israel Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 30 years)  [Birth]
     2. Baldwin IV of Jerusalem, King of Jerusalem,   b. 1161,   d. May 1185  (Age 24 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 9 Oct 2017 
    Family ID F6017  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Maria Komnene, Queen consort of Jerusalem,   b. 1154,   d. Before Oct 1217  (Age 63 years) 
    Married 29 Aug 1167  Tyre, Lebanon Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Isabelle I of Jerusalem, Queen of Jerusalem,   b. 1172, Jerusalem Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Before May 1206  (Age 34 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 26 Sep 2017 
    Family ID F6025  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S336463] Medieval Lands: A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families, Charles Cawley, (Online: The Foundation for Medieval Genealogy at http://fmg.ac/Projects/MedLands/, 20XX), "AMAURY of Jerusalem, son of FOULQUES King of Jerusalem Comte d'Anjou & his second wife Mélisende Queen of Jerusalem (1136-Jerusalem 11 Jul 1174)" at http://fmg.ac/Projects/MedLands/JERUSALEM.htm#AmauryIB.

    2. [S420] The Crusades: The Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Land, Thomas Asbridge, (New York: HarperCollins, 2010), 257-58.

    3. [S359] The Templars: The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God's Holy Warriors, Dan Jones, (New York: Viking, 2017), 117.

    4. [S359] The Templars: The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God's Holy Warriors, Dan Jones, (New York: Viking, 2017), 121.

    5. [S420] The Crusades: The Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Land, Thomas Asbridge, (New York: HarperCollins, 2010), 271.

    6. [S419] God's Wolf: The Life Of The Most Notorious Of All Crusaders, Reynald de Chatillon, Jeffrey Lee, (London: Atlantic Books, 2016), 149.

    7. [S420] The Crusades: The Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Land, Thomas Asbridge, (New York: HarperCollins, 2010), 299.
      "In 1174 King Almaric had broken off from the siege of Banyas complaining of illness. In fact, he had contacted an extreme case of dysentery and, by July, the thirty-eight-year-old sovereign lay dead."

    8. [S420] The Crusades: The Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Land, Thomas Asbridge, (New York: HarperCollins, 2010), 173.

    9. [S359] The Templars: The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God's Holy Warriors, Dan Jones, (New York: Viking, 2017), 39-40.

    10. [S420] The Crusades: The Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Land, Thomas Asbridge, (New York: HarperCollins, 2010), 299.