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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. ...


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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