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To put things (very) simply; the whole bloody war was over the city or Jerusalem. Many lives were taken, from both sides, in an effort to possess it. In his moment of despair, Balian wonders if this city is worth all those losses, and shares his bewilderment with Saladin. Saladin at first replies "Nothing". Echoing this earlier exchange with Balian: ...


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Jerusalem with it's castles, forts, bricks and mortars, gold and silver and silk and everything else of material value is considered to be devoid of any true value in the eyes of salahuddin. Hence he says 'nothing'. Remember that Balian asks the question 'what is Jerusalem worth' in the context of being bewildered as to why Salahudding fought such a long ...


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Balian did not think negotiations were possible. During his meeting with Saladin, he says that when the Christians took the city they massacred everyone in it and is surprised that Saladin would not do the same. It's natural to expect that the Arabs will want revenge and given that the christian army was utterly destroyed, he has no leverage to negotiate. ...


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I don't know what happened historically, but in the movie there are several aspects which tell us why Balian didn't ask for terms before fighting. Saladin had already agreed to peaceful terms when Baldwin was the king. Saladin had come to invade Jerusalem initially because of the beheadings of Muslim caravan. Later, Guy de Lusignan beheads Saladin's ...


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An epic quote condensing the tragedy of the human condition into two words. Nothing and everything. Nothing refers to the pure materialistic value of property, gold, silver jewleries, food, water, land etc. This does not make Jerusalem special; other places are equally bestowed with such goods, hence it is worth nothing more than any other city on earth. ...



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