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BY RIDER, October 15 2006
Besides the monastic orders, there was the Kingdom of Jerusalem that had to protect it’s lands by all means capable. The King appointed certain numbers of knights to provinces by their importance. The Counties of Tripoli and Edessa had to protect themselves, by the help of the knightly orders and troops sent from the Kingdom of Jerusalem. The Kingdom was composed of four territories directly belonging to the king (Tyre, Akko, Nablus and Jerusalem) and of twenty three other territories, controlled by various dukes and counts.

The number of knights around 1181 is known to some extent:


Province   Capital    Number of Secular Knights

Akko        Acre           80

Jerusalem   Jerusalem   41

Nablus      Nablus        85

Tyre        Tyre            28


Arsuf Arsuf

Ascelon     Ascelon     100

Beirut      Beirut          21

Belinas     Belinas    

Bethgibelin Bethgibelin

Bethsan     Bethsan (Baisan) 

Blanchegarde  Blanchegarde     

Caesarea    Caesarea    100

Caymont     Caymont    

Galilee     Tiberias         100

Gaza  Gaza  under Templar control

Haifa Haifa

Hebron      Hebron         60

Ibelin      Ibelin     

Jafo  Jafo  100

Mirabel     Mirabel    

Nazareth    Nazareth        6

Oultrejordain     al-Karak   60

Ramla-Lydda Lydda and Ramla   10

Samaria     Samaria (Sabastiyah)   

Scandelion  Scandelion 

Sidon       Sidon               100

Toron      Toron               18


NOTE: The possible Templar or Hospitaller contignents presiding in each of these territories is not taken into account.


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