Guy of Ibelin (died 1304)

For others of this name, see Guy of Ibelin (disambiguation).
The Ibelin coat of arms.

Guy of Ibelin (French: Guy d'Ibelin) (1250/1255 – 1304), of the Ibelin family, was Count of Jaffa and Ascalon during the latter part of the Crusades.[1][2] He was the son of John of Ibelin (aka John of Jaffa)[3][4] and Maria of Barbaron.[5][6] He was Count in name only. His father, John of Jaffa, had died in 1266, after which the fragile truce with the Muslims collapsed, and Jaffa was captured by Baibars in 1268. John was probably succeeded by Guy's older brother James, who held the title of Count of Jaffa until his death in 1276, at which point the title passed to Guy.[7]

In 1299/1300, Guy was able to capture Jebail with a Genoese fleet, but held it only briefly. He also met with the Mongol leader Kutlushah in 1301, in an unsuccessful attempt to coordinate a military attack against the Muslims.[8] In 1302 he and his family were captured by pirates while staying at their ancestral fiefdom in Episcopia, Cyprus.[9][10]

He died on February 14, 1304, and was buried in Nicosia, Cyprus, in a pauper's grave in accordance with his vows. Guy must have been held in high regard on the island, judging from the turmoil following his death reported by the chronicler Amadi.[11][12]


Guy married twice. His second wife was Maria, Lady of Ascalon and Naumachia, daughter of Philip of Ibelin and Simone de Montbeliard. Guy and Maria had five children:[13]


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  2. Rüdt de Collenberg, W. H. (1983), Familles de l'Orient latin XIIe-XIVe siècles, Variorum reprints, pp. 117–265, reprint of article Les Ibelin aux XIIIe et XIVe siècles.
  3. Edbury, P. (July 1974), "The Ibelin Counts of Jaffa: A Previously Unknown Passage from the 'Lignages d'Outremer'", The English Historical Review, Oxford University Press, 89 (352): 604–610, doi:10.1093/ehr/lxxxix.ccclii.604, JSTOR 567428
  4. Steven Runciman, History of the Crusades: Volume III, p. 324
  5. Armenia, Foundation for medieval genealogy, 2008-07-28, retrieved 2008-11-23
  6. Nielen-Vandervoorde, Marie-Adélaïde (2003), Lignages d'Outremer, Documents relatifs à l'histoire des Croisades, Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, ISBN 2-87754-141-X
  7. Marshall, Christopher (1992), Warfare in the Latin East, 1192–1291, Cambridge University Press, pp. 142–143, ISBN 0-521-39428-7
  8. Richard, Jean (1979), The Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem, North-Holland Publishing Company, pp. 432–433, ISBN 0-444-85262-X
  9. Nikolaou-Konnarē, Angel; Schabel, Christopher David (2005), Cyprus: Society and Culture 1191–1374, BRILL, p. 81, ISBN 90-04-14767-5
  10. Amadi, Francesco (1891), Chroniques d'Amadi et de Strambaldi (publiées par M. René de Mas) (in Italian), p. 238
  11. Edbury, Peter (July 1974), "The Ibelin Counts of Jaffa", The English Historical Review, Oxford University Press, 89 (352): 604–610, doi:10.1093/ehr/lxxxix.ccclii.604
  12. Amadi, Francesco (1891), Chroniques d'Amadi et de Strambaldi (publiées par M. René de Mas), p. 240: "per rechiese per deviocion lui de esser sepulto con li poveri" ; "di gran danno a l'isola de Cypro, imperochè molti scandali, travagli et inconvenienti acorseno, che se fosse stato lui vivo non sariano stati come ho ditto."
  13. Jerusalem nobility: Count and Lords of Jaffa (Ibelin), Foundation for medieval genealogy, 2007-05-14, retrieved 2008-11-23

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