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Godfrey of Bouillon Leading the First Crusade

Godfrey of Bouillon Leading the First Crusade

This medieval illustration depicts Godfrey of Bouillon leading the First Crusade. 

When the Latin/Frankish Kingdom of Jerusalem was created, the people wanted Godfrey to become King. He refused,  Instead, he took a different title:  Duke (Advocate) of the Holy Sepulchre.

This illumination is from the 13th-century work of William of Tyre. 

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Media Credits

Guillame de Tyr (circa 1130-1190) - also known as William of Tyre - wrote about the Crusades.  His work - Historia rerum in partibus transmarinis gestarum ["History of Deeds Done Beyond the Sea"] - contains many illustrations. 

The full text of the Old French version, published in the 13th century, is maintained by the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BNF) in Paris.  This image is contained in that work (BN MS Fr. 9084, f. 20v).

Image online, courtesy BNF.

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