1130 – Baldwin was among the second generation of children born to the descendents of the original crusaders.
1144 – He captured Edessa, which was a shock to the Western world and led to call for a Second Crusade.
1148 – The crusade finally arrived in Jerusalem, led by Louis VII of France, his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, and Conrad III of Germany.
1148 – Baldwin held a council at Acre, but in-fighting and poor planning plagued the crusaders, and Conrad badly advised Baldwin to attack Damascus, despite the peace treaty.
1149 – The crusaders had returned to Europe, leaving a weakened Jerusalem.
1150 – Baldwin was unable to help defend Turbessel, the last remnant of the county of Edessa, and was forced to cede it to Byzantine emperor Manuel I Comnenus.
– Baldwin refortified Gaza to place some pressure on the nearby Egyptian outpost of Ascalon.
– Baldwin and his mother were called to intervene in a dispute between Baldwin’s aunt Hodierna of Tripoli and her husband Count Raymond II.
1152 – Baldwin had been of age to rule by himself for seven years, and he began to assert himself in political affairs.
– Baldwin demanded a second coronation from Patriarch Fulcher, separate from his mother.
1153 – Baldwin successfully besieged and captured Ascalon itself.
1154 – The mother and son were reconciled, as Baldwin was astute enough to realize his mother’s expertise in statecraft.
1156 – Baldwin was forced to sign a treaty with Nur ad-Din.
1157 – He sent Humphrey of Toron to negotiate with Emperor Manuel, and it was decided that Baldwin should marry Theodora, Manuel’s niece.
1159 – Relations between Jerusalem and Byzantium improved and Baldwin met with Manuel in Antioch.
1162 – Baldwin himself died in Beirut on the 10th of February.