Tag Archives: Crusades

Charles VIII: the king who bumped his head

Charles VIII was proclaimed king of France in 1470 at the age of thirteen and is remembered in history chiefly for invading Italy to assert his claim to the throne of Naples. He set in motion, by this invasion, a process that left Italy languishing under foreign domination for more than 300 years. During his […]

The remarkable Baldwin IV: leper and king of Jerusalem

John Turner Aintree, Liverpool, United Kingdom   The young King Baldwin William of Tyre discovers Baldwin’s first symptoms of leprosy 1250s, from Estoire d’Eracles (French trans. of William of Tyre’s Historia) British Library, London Medieval teen king, precocious politician, and successful battlefield commander, Baldwin IV not only surmounted disabling neurological impairment but challenged the stigma […]