Godfrey of Bouillon (18 September 1060 – 18 July 1100) was a medieval Frankish knight who was one of the leaders of the First Crusade from 1096 until his death. He was the Lord of Bouillon, from which he took his byname, from 1076 and the Duke of Lower Lorraine from 1087. After the successful siege of Jerusalem in 1099, Godfrey became the first ruler of the Kingdom of Jerusalem, although he refused the title "King"; as he believed that the true King of Jerusalem was Christ.
The Nine Worthies Couple - detail from a fresco by the Maestro del Castello della Manta dated about 1420 in the baronial hall at the Castello della Manta, Saluzo, Italy. The Nine Worthies are historical, legendary or scriptural men who personified chivalry. Women were added later. On the left is Godfrey of Bouillon who led the First Crusade and was proclaimed King of Jerusalem in 1100.
Though he'd never shown any particular devotion to the Church, Godfrey of Bouillon answered the call to Crusade and became one of the First Crusade's most powerful leaders. He was also tall, blond and handsome.