Troubador, songwriter, poet, musician. Thibaud IV was all of these at once. Earning his place in the King’s court early on, it was there that he met the minstrels that Blanche of Castile, his cousin and the mother of the future Saint Louis, introduced to the Palace. Blanche of Castile, Queen of France at the time, was only 13 years older than Thibaud. He was secretly in love. This courtly love inspired the young knight, and he translated his sentiments into poems and songs. At the Court, rumors abounded on the affection the Count felt for his Queen. Thus Thibaud had no other choice but to embark on a Crusade to renew his loyalty to his King.