History DocumentariesThe film Kingdom of Heaven made Saladin and Baldwin the Leper King famous to the moviegoing public. But what’s the true history behind the movie? We’ll find out today! In 1176, Baldwin IV, the Leper King of Jerusalem, turned fifteen, and fully assumed power as king. His first act was to launch a military campaign against his powerful neighbor, Saladin, who ruled the vast Ayyubid Empire stretching from Egypt to Syria. The timing wasn’t good for Saladin, who wanted to focus on reducing his Zengid rivals in Syria.
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