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Crusader: Godfrey de Bouillon

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Godfrey de Bouillon

Godfrey de Bouillon, born in 1060 to parents Eustace II, Count of Boulogne and Ida, daughter of Godfrey III, Duke of Lower Lorraine at Boulogne-sur-Mer.

Godfrey de Bouillon, was one of the first European nobles, to answer the call, and arm thyself, departing on the First Crusade in August of 1096, to the Holy Land, with a force of 10,000 knights and 30,000 foot soldiers.

Godfrey de Bouillon along with Tancred de Hauntville achieved victory at the Siege of Antioch (October 1097-June1098).

On the morning of the 15th July, Godfrey and Tancred, stood side by side; they being among the first Christian warriors, to mount the ramparts, leading to the capture of Jerusalem.

On the 22nd July 1099, Godfrey de Bouillon was elected to the post of; King of Jerusalem.  He declared to the people of Jerusalem, that he would never wear the gold crown, in a city where his lord and master, wore a crown of thorns.

On the 12th August 1099, Godfrey took on the mighty Muslim army at Ascalon, and were victorious.

On the 18th July 1100, Godfrey de Bouillon died.

Dagobert of Pisa, head of the church in Jerusalem, claimed he should be the new King.

Baldwin of Edessa, Godfrey’s brother arrived in Jerusalem with a force of hardened warriors to claim the throne by right of heritage, and was crowned King of Jerusalem on the 25th December 1100.

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