How Significant Were the Divisions Among the Latin Leaders in Bringing About the Fall of Jerusalem?
Although divisions between the devotees of Raymond of Tripoli and Guy of Lusignan caused much conflict and suspicion, there is a considerable amount of evidence to suggest that there were a series of other factors; for example Saladin’s personal qualities which proved extremely significant in the failure of Latin’s at the Battle of Hattin in 1187 and the lack of support/money received by the Latin’s.
In source 7 Ralph of Coggershall describes his concern surrounding the lack of support and money the Latin side possessed; ‘we should not move away from water, food and other necessities to lead to such a multitude of men to death’. As a …show more content…
In relation to the question, Source 5 supports the view that the divisions between the Latin leaders were very significant in contributing to their defeat that the Battle of Hattin. The joining of forces made Raymond and Guy’s loyalists extremely suspicious of each other, with Eraclius blaming Raymond for their defeat; ‘had the Christians kept to their original plan, the Turks would have been defeated.’ Eraclius was a fierce loyalist to Guy, this omnipresent suspicious and heated attitude towards Raymond’s loyalists highlights the