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Conrad of Montferrat
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    (circa 1140-April 28, 1192)
    Born in Montferrat, Italy
    Major participant in the Third Crusade
    Son of William V, Marquess of Montferrat
    De facto King of Jerusalem (as Conrad I; 1190-92)
    Marquis of Montferrat (1191-92)
    Married Isabell I of Jerusalem (November 24, 1190)
    Assassinated, shortly after his official election to the throne, by two hired killers
    Portrayed by Joseph Schildkraut inCecil B. De Mille's 'The Crusades' (1935)
    He clashed with King Richard the Lion Heart on several occasions.
    He allegedly courted his first wife while she was still married to another man.
    After the Crusaders conquered Acre, his father ordered nearly three thousand Saracens executed.
    He led armies against his cousin, the Emperor Frederick Barbarossa, during the Byzantine Wars.
    He was rumored to have set off for the Kingdom of Jerusalem in July of 1187 as a means of fleeing vengeance after committing a private murder.
    Arabic historians claimed that he carried anti-Muslim propaganda drawings, including one of the horses of Saladin's army urinating in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (yet one more of a Saracen slapping Jesus' face).
    He was a skilled diplomat by his early twenties.
    He was described as being both handsome and 'extremely clever.'
    He was a key component in <8868> Saladin/8868>'s surrender of the city of Tyre.
    He was stabbed to death shortly before he was to be crowned King of Jerusalem.
    He had been unanimously elected to the kingship by the barons of Jerusalem.
    He was (reportedly) murdered en route from dinner with a Bishop, incidentally while his pregnant wife was taking a bath (which some have pointed to as anachronistic).
    There are theories that he was targeted for assassination by King Richard, who preferred that his own vassal be named King (although no conclusive proof exists).
    Fictional accounts have regularly depicted him as a scheming villain when actual historical accounts would seem to depict him as the opposite; a beloved leader among men.
    He was conceived originally as a target in the 'Assassin's Creed' video game, but because had died only a year later than the game setting, he was replaced by his father (who died of natural causes - but the details of his 'death' are the same).

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