Editor says, what if King Baldwin IV of Jerusalem had never contracted leprosy? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Generals thread.
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Editor says, in reality William of Tyre made a disturbing discovery about the prince: he and his friends were playing one day, attempting to injure each other but Baldwin felt no pain. William immediately recognized this as a sign of serious illness, but it was not conclusively identified as leprosy until a few years later; the onset of puberty accelerated his disease, in its most serious lepromatous form. This post explores an original idea posted on the Alternate History bulletin board and repurpose content from Wikipedia. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.