Margaret Thatcher, who served as a Prime Minister of the United Kingdom as well as a Conservative Party leader, lashes out at her cabinet. She was a powerful figure in the Cold War and embraced the nickname given to her by a Soviet writer - the "Iron Lady".
Balian takes his knight's oath from his dying father. As a knight, Balian is expected to protect the king and the kingdom as well as follow a moral code that emphasizes qualities such as bravery, courtesy and honor.
In the wake of Alexander the Great the Seleucid Greek Kingdom inherits Judea. Some Jews are willing to adopt Greek ways and integrate into the Seleucid fabric and others consider the changes an affront and seek to challenge it.