King Baldwin IV

King Baldwin IV

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Kelly Blanchard By Kellannetta Updated Aug 24, 2015

Year 1174, a boy at age thirteen is suddenly thrust into power upon the death of his father, King Amalric. He inherits a kingdom at war--the Kingdom of Jerusalem. However, he possesses a secret. He is dying of leprosy. Knowing he could be cast out of society forever, and knowing even if he remained king, he would suffer much and die young, King Baldwin IV determines to rule to the best of his ability although he often faces impossible odds with his inexperience and illness, but he refuses to give up. 

This is a collection of poetry and short stories based on the real life of King Baldwin IV. To read the series I'm writing based on him, go to my website under my pen name, Serafia Cross, at, and you will find the series, 'The Last King of Legends' there. 

Though I try to keep as close to the truth as possible in the events of Baldwin's life, at times I exercise creative license and explore the 'what ifs'.  I hope you enjoy them! Thank you!

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  • battle
  • crusades
  • death
  • jerusalem
  • king
  • kingdom
  • leprosy
  • war