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Godfrey of Bouillon (18 September 1060 – 18 July 1100) was a medieval Frankish knight who was one of the leaders of the First Crusade from 1096 until his death. He was the Lord of Bouillon, from which he took his byname, from 1076 and the Duke of Lower Lorraine from 1087. After the successful siege of Jerusalem in 1099, Godfrey became the first ruler of the Kingdom of Jerusalem, although he refused the title "King"; as he believed that the true King of Jerusalem was Christ.

Godfrey of Bouillon (18 September 1060 – 18 July 1100) was a medieval Frankish knight who was one of the leaders of the First Crusade from 1096 until his death. He was the Lord of Bouillon, from which he took his byname, from 1076 and the Duke of Lower Lorraine from 1087. After the successful siege of Jerusalem in 1099, Godfrey became the first ruler of the Kingdom of Jerusalem, although he refused the title "King"; as he believed that the true King of Jerusalem was Christ.

Godfrey of Bouillon, a French knight, leader of the First Crusade and founder of the Kingdom of Jerusalem.

Godfrey of Bouillon, a French knight, leader of the First Crusade and founder of the Kingdom of Jerusalem.

Godfrey of Bouillon | Leaders of the First Crusade: Godfrey of Bouillon | Idril's Fantasy

Leaders of the First Crusade: Godfrey of Bouillon

Godfrey of Bouillon | Leaders of the First Crusade: Godfrey of Bouillon | Idril's Fantasy

A depiction of the coronation of Godfrey de Bouillon in the work Historie d'Outremer by William of Tyre.  "Outremer" or "Oversees" was a common name for the lands across the Mediterranean.

A depiction of the coronation of Godfrey de Bouillon in the work Historie d'Outremer by William of Tyre. "Outremer" or "Oversees" was a common name for the lands across the Mediterranean.

The sword of Godfrey of Bouillon displayed at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem since 1808 (1854 photograph).  Godfrey seems to have always considered himself the protector of the Church. Not only did he make so many donations that William of Tyre despairs of enumerating them, not only did he cede a fourth of Jaffa (Joppa), the city of Jerusalem, and the tower of David to the patriarch Daimbert, but he consented, as did Bohemond, to receive investiture from the patriarch

The sword of Godfrey of Bouillon displayed at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem since 1808 (1854 photograph). Godfrey seems to have always considered himself the protector of the Church. Not only did he make so many donations that William of Tyre despairs of enumerating them, not only did he cede a fourth of Jaffa (Joppa), the city of Jerusalem, and the tower of David to the patriarch Daimbert, but he consented, as did Bohemond, to receive investiture from the patriarch

259 - Dionysius elected as bishop of Rome, succeeding Sixtus II  260 - St Dionysius begins his reign as Catholic Pope  1099 - First Crusade: Godfrey of Bouillon is elected the first Defender of the Holy Sepulchre of The Kingdom of Jerusalem.  1298 - Eng In Atlanta, it's Unica Company for Basement Waterproofing & Basement Contractors , crawl space waterproofing, foundation repair , piering and wall ...

259 - Dionysius elected as bishop of Rome, succeeding Sixtus II 260 - St Dionysius begins his reign as Catholic Pope 1099 - First Crusade: Godfrey of Bouillon is elected the first Defender of the Holy Sepulchre of The Kingdom of Jerusalem. 1298 - Eng In Atlanta, it's Unica Company for Basement Waterproofing & Basement Contractors , crawl space waterproofing, foundation repair , piering and wall ...

Illustration of Godfrey of Bouillon (central figure) from William of Tyre's Histoire d'Outremer, in the care of the British Museum.

Illustration of Godfrey of Bouillon (central figure) from William of Tyre's Histoire d'Outremer, in the care of the British Museum.

259 - Dionysius elected as bishop of Rome, succeeding Sixtus II  260 - St Dionysius begins his reign as Catholic Pope  1099 - First Crusade: Godfrey of Bouillon is elected the first Defender of the Holy Sepulchre of The Kingdom of Jerusalem.  1298 - Eng In Atlanta, it's Unica Company for Basement Waterproofing & Basement Contractors , crawl space waterproofing, foundation repair , piering and wall ...

259 - Dionysius elected as bishop of Rome, succeeding Sixtus II 260 - St Dionysius begins his reign as Catholic Pope 1099 - First Crusade: Godfrey of Bouillon is elected the first Defender of the Holy Sepulchre of The Kingdom of Jerusalem. 1298 - Eng In Atlanta, it's Unica Company for Basement Waterproofing & Basement Contractors , crawl space waterproofing, foundation repair , piering and wall ...

The Battle of Ascalon took place on August 12, 1099 shortly after the capture of Jerusalem, and is often considered the last action of the First Crusade. The crusader army led by Godfrey of Bouillon defeated and drove off the numerically-superior Fatimid army, securing the safety of Jerusalem.

The Battle of Ascalon took place on August 12, 1099 shortly after the capture of Jerusalem, and is often considered the last action of the First Crusade. The crusader army led by Godfrey of Bouillon defeated and drove off the numerically-superior Fatimid army, securing the safety of Jerusalem.

Godfrey of Bouillon was a medieval Frankish nobleman best known for his role as one of the main leaders during the First Crusade. As a consequence of this successful military expedition to the Holy La

Godfrey of Bouillon was a medieval Frankish nobleman best known for his role as one of the main leaders during the First Crusade. As a consequence of this successful military expedition to the Holy La

Stampa, Armida al campo parla a Goffredo di Buglione, acquaforte, bulino, 1590 / Print, In the camp Armida talks to Godfrey of Bouillon, etching, engraving, 1590, Gorizia, Palazzo Coronini Cronberg, inv. 3957/4

Stampa, Armida al campo parla a Goffredo di Buglione, acquaforte, bulino, 1590 / Print, In the camp Armida talks to Godfrey of Bouillon, etching, engraving, 1590, Gorizia, Palazzo Coronini Cronberg, inv. 3957/4

Sixteenth-century bronze statue of Godfrey of Bouillon, first ruler of the Kingdom of Jerusalem

Sixteenth-century bronze statue of Godfrey of Bouillon, first ruler of the Kingdom of Jerusalem

Godfrey of Bouillon (18 September 1060 – 18 July 1100) was a medieval Frankish knight - one of the leaders of the First Crusade from 1096 until his death. After the successful siege of Jerusalem in 1099, Godfrey became the first ruler of the Kingdom of Jerusalem. He refused the title of King, however, as he believed that the true King of Jerusalem was Christ, preferring the title of Advocate of the Holy Sepulchre. He is also known as the "Baron of the Holy Sepulchre" and the "Crusader King".

Godfrey of Bouillon (18 September 1060 – 18 July 1100) was a medieval Frankish knight - one of the leaders of the First Crusade from 1096 until his death. After the successful siege of Jerusalem in 1099, Godfrey became the first ruler of the Kingdom of Jerusalem. He refused the title of King, however, as he believed that the true King of Jerusalem was Christ, preferring the title of Advocate of the Holy Sepulchre. He is also known as the "Baron of the Holy Sepulchre" and the "Crusader King".