John of Brienne

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John of Brienne

(brēĕn`), c.1170–1237, French crusader. He was a count and in 1210 married Mary, titular queen of Jerusalem. Mary died in 1212, and their daughter, Yolande (1212–28), succeeded to the title under John's regency. John played a conspicuous part in the Fifth Crusade (see CrusadesCrusades
, series of wars undertaken by European Christians between the 11th and 14th cent. to recover the Holy Land from the Muslims. First Crusade
Origins

In the 7th cent., Jerusalem was taken by the caliph Umar.
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), capturing Damietta in 1219, and in 1222 he went to Europe in search of support. He arranged the marriage (1225) between Yolande and Holy Roman Emperor Frederick IIFrederick II,
1194–1250, Holy Roman emperor (1220–50) and German king (1212–20), king of Sicily (1197–1250), and king of Jerusalem (1229–50), son of Holy Roman Emperor Henry VI and of Constance, heiress of Sicily.
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, who promptly claimed the crown of Jerusalem. John, claiming the title for himself, joined with a papal army in invading (1229) Frederick's kingdom in S Italy, while Frederick was absent on crusade. In 1228, John was chosen regent during the minority of Baldwin IIBaldwin II,
1217–73, last Latin emperor of Constantinople (1228–61), brother and successor of Robert of Courtenay. He began his personal rule only after the death (1237) of his father-in-law, John of Brienne.
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, Latin emperor of Constantinople (see Constantinople, Latin Empire ofConstantinople, Latin Empire of,
1204–61, feudal empire established in the S Balkan Peninsula and the Greek archipelago by the leaders of the Fourth Crusade (see Crusades) after they had sacked (1204) Constantinople; also known as the empire of Romania
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), and he became coemperor in 1231. He successfully defended (1236) Constantinople against the joint forces of Emperor John III of Nicaea and Czar Ivan II of Bulgaria.
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Abderakhman, the Muslim dude, plots to abduct Raymonda, but is challenged by the Crusader Jean de Brienne to a swordfight in the nick of time.
In the principal roles, Nao Sakuma is a pleasingly expressive Raymond a and Cesar Morales is almost disconcertingly light footed and pert as her Jean de Brienne.
He was named etoile on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera in 1986 for his performance as Jean de Brienne in Rudolf Nureyev's Raymonda.
Yes, Raymonda is merely waiting for the return of her lover Jean De Brienne, a knight in the Crusades who appears to us in a tapestry portrait; but while she waits she dreams, and in those dreams we see that along with her idealized love for Jean, she feels an erotic attraction to the hot-blooded Abderakhman.
Prince Siegfried and the evil magician von Rothbart in Swan Lake, Aminta the Shepard and Orion the brutish lout in Sylvia, the hero Jean de Brienne and the dashingly dangerous Saracen Knight in Raymonda--roles equal in bravura dancing and partnering.