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1099: Godfrey of Bouillon Elected the First Ruler of the Kingdom of Jerusalem

1099: Godfrey of Bouillon Elected the First Ruler of the Kingdom of Jerusalem
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  • Historical event:
  • 22 July 1099
  • It is interesting that Godfrey of Bouillon allegedly refused the title "King" and the royal crown (diadem). He allegedly said that he would never wear a crown of gold where his Savior had worn a crown of thorns.

On this day in 1099, Godfrey of Bouillon was elected as the first ruler of the Kingdom of Jerusalem.

This happened shortly after the Crusaders captured Jerusalem from the Muslims in the First Crusade. A council was held in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem (the place of Christ’s crucifixion), where Godfrey of Bouillon was elected ruler.

It is interesting that Godfrey of Bouillon allegedly refused the title “King” and the royal crown (diadem). He allegedly said that he would never wear a crown of gold where his Savior had worn a crown of thorns.

It is assumed that, instead of taking the title of King of Jerusalem, Godfrey of Bouillon took the title of Defender of the Holy Sepulchre (Advocatus Sancti Sepulchri).

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