MVST 4005-kingdom of heaven

This intention was very apparent to those his father

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“just war.” This intention was very apparent to those (his father and his father’s men) that welcomed him into their ranks as crusaders; something I imagine would have prevented someone in history from being accepted into said ranks. By the climax of the film, he discovers, apparently, that the key to his own forgiveness and salvation was within himself. This was foreshadowed a bit by his conversation with the Hospitaller knight, in which the knight says, “I put no stock in religion. By the word ‘religion’ I have seen the lunacy of fanatics of every denomination be called the will of God. I have seen too much religion in the eyes of too many murderers. Holiness is in right action, and courage on behalf of those who cannot defend themselves, and goodness. What God desires is here [points to head] and here [points to heart] and what you decide to do every day, you will be a good man- or not.” By the end of the film, when it comes time for the Third Crusade, having found what he had been looking for he turned down an offer to join Richard Coeur de Lion- indirectly denying that he was “Balian of Ibelin, who defended Jerusalem against the Saracens.” The glamorization of this rather public heretic behavior on Balian’s part, and particularly on the Hospitaller knight’s part (glamorized in the sense of it leading to Balian’s personal success in the film), is in sharp contrast to how such behavior may have been received by a medieval audience- another “Hollywood” touch that may have hurt the level of overall authenticity of the film a little bit.
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  • Spring '13
  • SuzanneYeager
  • Kingdom of Jerusalem, Battle of Hattin, Balian of Ibelin, Conrad of Montferrat

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