Season 4, Catholic History with Charles Coulombe, Episode 12: King Baldwin IV – The “Leper King”

Charles A. Coulombe

Charles A. Coulombe

Following-up on last month's episode of Catholic History with Charles Coulombe, wherein we discussed the great crusader Godfrey to Bouillon, we continue with another Crusades-themed show. This month we discuss Baldwin IV, King of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem, often called "the Leper King".

Crowned at the age of 13, Baldwin (1161 – 16 March 1185) ruled the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem under extremely trying circumstances, being besieged on all sides by Mohammedan attackers and from within by internal strife. Not only this, but he was afflicted with the debilitating disease of Leprosy. He never allowed this to serve as an excuse and manfully and courageously ruled his kingdom with excellent results -- holding back Saladin for his entire reign.

In this episode host Nicholas Wansbutter and regular guest Charles A. Coulombe will explore in detail the life of this great man and the destruction of the crusader states shortly after his death. From his early life as a child-king, to his valour and the miraculous victory at Mont Gisard, we will demonstrate how this hero of old remains an exemplar today.


Original Air Date: February 28, 2015
Show Run Time: 52 minutes
Show Guest(s): Charles A. Coulombe
Show Host(s): Nicholas Wansbutter
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