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.

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.

A map of the Crusader city of Acre in the 13th century.

A map of the Crusader city of Acre in the 13th century.

The kingdom of Jerusalem and the other Crusader states in the context of the Near East in 1135.

The kingdom of Jerusalem and the other Crusader states in the context of the Near East in 1135.

The Kingdom of Jerusalem

The Kingdom of Jerusalem

Kingdom of Jerusalem - Arms and Armour. The kingdom was ethnically, religiously, and linguistically diverse, although the crusaders themselves and their descendants were an elite Catholic minority. They imported many customs and institutions from their homelands in Western Europe, and there were close familial and political connections with the West throughout the kingdom's existence.

Kingdom of Jerusalem - Arms and Armour. The kingdom was ethnically, religiously, and linguistically diverse, although the crusaders themselves and their descendants were an elite Catholic minority. They imported many customs and institutions from their homelands in Western Europe, and there were close familial and political connections with the West throughout the kingdom's existence.

Knight of Equestrian Order, 12th century The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem is a Roman Catholic order of knighthood under the protection of the pope.

Knight of Equestrian Order, 12th century The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem is a Roman Catholic order of knighthood under the protection of the pope.

11th c. Norman knight (demonstrating, I believe, the Norman version of telling…

11th c. Norman knight (demonstrating, I believe, the Norman version of telling…

The Churches of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem, Volume 4: The Cities of Acre and Tyre with Addend

The Churches of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem, Volume 4: The Cities of Acre and Tyre with Addend

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