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 - from a fresco painted by Giacomo Jaquerio in Saluzzo, northern Italy, in 1420 ca.

Godfrey of Bouillon - from a fresco painted by Giacomo Jaquerio in Saluzzo, northern Italy, in 1420 ca.

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

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

Category:Kings of Jerusalem - Hugh III of Cyprus (1235 – 24 March 1284), born Hugues de Poitiers,[1] later Hugues de Lusignan (he adopted his mother's surname de Lusignan in 1267), called the Great, was the King of Cyprus from 1267 and King of Jerusalem from 1268 (as Hugh I of Jerusalem).

Category:Kings of Jerusalem - Hugh III of Cyprus (1235 – 24 March 1284), born Hugues de Poitiers,[1] later Hugues de Lusignan (he adopted his mother's surname de Lusignan in 1267), called the Great, was the King of Cyprus from 1267 and King of Jerusalem from 1268 (as Hugh I of Jerusalem).

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.

Godfrey of Bouillon - Wikipedia

Godfrey of Bouillon - Wikipedia

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.

The Crystal Palace| The Great Exhibition of Industry of All Nations, 1851: John Absolon, 'View in the East Nave (Godfrey of Bouillon

The Crystal Palace| The Great Exhibition of Industry of All Nations, 1851: John Absolon, 'View in the East Nave (Godfrey of Bouillon

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