Historical Figures

Godfrey of Bouillon (1061 - 1100)

Duke of Lower Lorraine and Lothier, attorney of the Holy Sepulchre. He decided to cross in 1095 and he left in August 1096 with his brothers Eustache and Baudouin and ten thousand crusaders from the regions of the Meuse and the Rhine. Arriving in Constantinople in December 1096, he paid homage to the Byzantine emperor Alexis. After the capture of Jerusalem, he was elected as sovereign (July 22, 1099). He refused the title of king and only wanted to be "the lawyer of the Holy Sepulchre". He defeated the Egyptians at Ascalon (August 1099) and was actively involved in the organization of the Latin States.