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.

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Godfrey of Bouillon chosen as leader by the barons in Jerusalem.

Godfrey of Bouillon chosen as leader by the barons in Jerusalem.

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

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

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Sixteenth-century bronze statue of Godfrey of Bouillon from the group of heroes surrounding the memorial to Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor in the Hofkirche, Innsbruck.

Sixteenth-century bronze statue of Godfrey of Bouillon from the group of heroes surrounding the memorial to Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor in the Hofkirche, Innsbruck.

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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.

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The Three Christian Worthies: King Arthur, Charlemagne, and Godfrey of Bouillon.

The Three Christian Worthies: King Arthur, Charlemagne, and Godfrey of Bouillon.

Godfrey of Bouillon - Wikipedia

Godfrey of Bouillon - Wikipedia

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