Ioveta of Bethany

Ioveta of Bethany (* 1120, † 1170 ) was the fourth and youngest daughter of Baldwin II of Jerusalem and Morphia of Melitene. Your name appears in various forms, including as Joveta, Yvette, Iveta, Ivetta or Juditta.

Ioveta was the only daughter of Baldwin, who was born after he became king in 1118. When Baldwin was captured in 1123 by the Ortoquiden near Edessa, Ioveta was one of the hostages, who had to be given for his liberation. She was held captive in Shaizar and was released in 1125 with a ransom of eight thousand dinars by her father. The money was taken from his yield after the victory at the Battle of Azaz in the same year Baldwin.

Iovetas sisters were well married. The eldest, Melisende, married Fulk V of Anjou, who succeeded Baldwin on the throne of the Kingdom of Jerusalem. Alice married Bohemund II of Antioch and Hodierna married Raymond II of Tripoli. However Ioveta went to the monastery of St. Anne in Jerusalem. 1143 was Melisende at Bethany (now al - Eizariya ) build a monastery, which was dedicated to Saint Lazarus, on lands which they had received from the " Church of the Holy Sepulchre ", ie from the possession of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem. After the death of the first abbess in 1144 Ioveta was chosen as her successor. Although she was not as much influence as her sisters, she had in her position as abbess but a certain position of power: In a contract of 1157 it is mentioned that she donated to the Order of St. John country.

Ioveta was responsible for the education of her grand-niece Sibylla, she was the daughter of the son of her sister Melisende, Amalric and Agnes of Courtenay.

Ioveta stood her sisters very close. As was Melisende 1161 dying Ioveta and Hodierna at her side were (Alice died probably earlier ). Then Ioveta disappears from history; date of death is unknown. But she was already dead in 1178, because at that same time another abbess in the monastery of St. Lazarus is mentioned.