Balian's wife committed suicide because their son had died. Godfrey, a well-known knight crusader, has been searching for his lost illegitimate son, Balian. Godfrey offers Balian an opportunity to leave France and travel to Jerusalem. Balian agrees, hoping to save the soul of his dead wife. Soon knighted, he becomes the hope for a dying knight and king.
Hospitaler: I put no stock in religion. By the word religion, I've seen the lunacy of fanatics of every denomination be called the 'will of God'. Holiness is in right action an courage on behalf of those who cannot defend themselves. And goodness - what God desires - is here and here. By what you decide to do every day, you will be a good man - or not.