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The sword of Godfrey of Bouillon on display in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Godfrey was a medieval Frankish knight who was one of the leaders of the First Crusade from 1096 until his death. Godfrey became the first ruler of the Kingdom of Jerusalem, although he refused the title "King"; he believed that the true King of Jerusalem is Christ. The size of this sword is awesome. Try to think of fighting for a full day by wielding this weapon with one hand.

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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.

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Leaders of the First Crusade: Godfrey of Bouillon

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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.

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Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BNF)

Fr 9084 f.20v: Departure for the First Crusade (vellum) By William of Tyre. Godfrey of Bouillon, Duke of Lorraine, leading his men. Chronique de Guillaume de Tyr; Godfrey of Bouillon (1060–1100) was a medieval Frankish knight who was 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

The four main leaders of the first crusade Bohemond I, Godfrey of Bouillon, Raymond (Count of Toulouse), Robert (Count of Flanders), essentially an invasion of the holy land by Norman knights to help liberate christians who were supposedly being tortured. The result was 200 years of war and 100's of 1000's dead plus an ongoing legacy of violence today.

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The Siege of Antioch by the troops of Godfrey of Bouillon during the First Crusade, miniature from 'The Creation of the World to the Conquest of the Holy Land', c.1200 (vellum)

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