Baldwin does not get much screen time, but what he does, he uses in interesting ways; he often speaks in metaphorical terms, and he treats Balain as if he already knows him, having only just met. He sees into his soul an trusts him as a good man, urging him to do the best by others and then sending him out to guard the north road. Before long, he sees how competently this young man behaves, and how morally and responsibly, and immediately starts to plan for the future, when he is no longer there to guard it – by thinking he would make his sister, Sibylla, a better husband than the one she has. Baldwin is known as a wise, empathetic, and peaceful ruler, who won his first strategic victory at sixteen due to his ability to plan and execute. He also sees things in terms of our moral responsibilities to others, that each life is linked, and that there’s no need to waste it unnecessarily. When Guy causes conflict and brings them into an almost-war, he tells Saladin that they must reach peace, that he will punish those who have done wrong, but they must all turn away from this battlefield or “we will all die here.” Though a moral man, the bigger picture of the future of the holy land comes first, enabling him to ask Balain to sacrifice his ethics and agree to marry another man’s wife, but he respects when he does not. Baldwin has no illusions about his own life, the pain he has caused others, and is also thoughtful about God and the afterlife, remarking that the Muslims think he will suffer for eternity in hell, but he does not think that would be fair. He shows almost no Se awareness, except that he does punish an evildoer personally, by forcing him to kiss his leprosy-riddled hand and then beating him about the head with his staff, before collapsing from sheer exertion.

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A King may move a man, a father may claim a son, but remember that even when those who move you be Kings, or men of power, your soul is in your keeping alone. When you stand before God, you cannot say, ‘But I was told by others to do thus.’ Or that, ‘Virtue was not convenient at the time.’ This will not suffice. Remember that.”Baldwin believes it is up to every soul to guard themselves against evil, and choose the path of virtue. He advises Balain to go forth, take over his father’s estates, and do good by those who come under his care, but also to protect the northern road. Even though it would be wiser for Jerusalem if Balian married his sister, Baldwin respects his decision not to accept the position, because it would mean another man’s execution. Baldwin believes in punishing those who break the peace and the law, but not unjustly or unduly.

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