Godfrey of Bouillon


God·frey of Bouillon

biographical name \ˌgäd-frē\

Definition of GODFREY OF BOUILLON

ca 1060–1100 Fr. crusader

Variants of GODFREY OF BOUILLON

God·frey of Bouillon French Gode·froy de Bouillon \gt-ˈfrwä\

Godfrey of Bouillon

biographical name    (Concise Encyclopedia)

(born c. 1060—died July 18, 1100, Jerusalem) Duke of Lower Lorraine (1089–1100) and a leader of the First Crusade who became the first Latin ruler in Palestine (1099). He joined the crusade in 1096 and captured Jerusalem from the Muslims in 1099; refusing the title of king, he was instead called Defender of the Holy Sepulchre. He made truces with nearby Muslim cities and fought off an Egyptian attack, but he alienated other crusaders and left the kingdom weakened.

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