Knight of Jerusalem: A Biographical Novel of Balian d’Ibelin

Knight of Jerusalem: A Biographical Novel of Balian d’Ibelin


Helena P. Schrader, PhD

Award-winning novelist Helena P. Schrader has a PhD in History. She has published non-fiction books on World War II and novels set in Ancient Sparta, the crusades, and World War II. Helena’s novel set in the 7th Crusade, St. Louis’ Knight, won the Chaucer Award 2014 for Historical Fiction set in the High Middle Ages. Visit her website: for a complete description and reviews of her publications, or follow her blog: for updates on current works in progress, recent reviews, and excerpts. For more on the Crusader Kingdoms and Balian d’Ibelin visit: or follow her blog on the Crusader Kingdoms at: Helen.a is a career U.S. diplomat currently serving in Africa.

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Finalist for the Chaucer Award for Historical Fiction 2014 and B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree

Hollywood made him a blacksmith; Arab chronicles said he was “like a king.”

He served a leper, but defied Richard the Lionheart.

He fought Saladin to a stand-still, yet retained his respect.

Rather than dally with a princess, he married a dowager queen—and founded a dynasty.

He was a warrior and a diplomat both.


This is Book I of a three-part biographical novel. In this book Balian, the landless son of a local baron, goes to Jerusalem to seek his fortune, but finds himself serving a leper boy instead. Only that boy is soon King of Jerusalem and facing the combined forces of Syria and Egypt as Saladin declares jihad against the Christian kingdom.