Guy of Lusignan Biography
(King of Jerusalem from 1186 to 1192)
Born In: Lusignan, France
Guy of Lusignan was a French knight of Poitou and the son of Hugh VIII of the Lusignan dynasty. Guy served as the king of Jerusalem from 1186 to 1192, by virtue of being married to Sibylla of Jerusalem. Guy was also the lord of Cyprus from 1192 to 1194. He was married to Sibylla as part of a political strategy. Baldwin IV, his brother-in-law, had appointed him as the regent. However, the barons revolted later and made Baldwin V the new king. The throne eventually went to Sibylla and Guy, amidst a political crisis, made worse by Saladin’s invasion. Guy lost the Battle of Hattin and was captured, but then released. Jerusalem fell, and Guy and Sibylla sought refuge in Tyre. After being refused asylum by Conrad, the ruler of Tyre, Guy launched a campaign against him. He led the siege of Acre but lost his wife and daughters to plague. Before his death, he became the lord of Cyprus briefly.