It was on this day in 1099 that Godfrey of Bouillon was chosen “Supporter of the Holy Sepulcher” and the main leader of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem at the triumphant peak of the First Crusade. It is hence fitting to have a little reflection on that long past government. The Kingdom of Jerusalem was the fantasy, prize and crown gem of the Crusades. It existed from 1099 until the point that 1291 however the Holy City of Jerusalem tumbled to the Muslims before in 1187. There were about 23 rulers over Jerusalem in that time and the cases to the kingdom and the fantasy it spoke to proceeded for any longer. Actually, the claim ostensibly proceeds right up ’til the present time as King Juan Carlos of Spain still incorporates among his not insignificant rundown of titles that of “Lord of Jerusalem”. Today it has turned out to be fairly elegant to accentuate the disappointments and deficiencies of the Kingdom of Jerusalem, and the Crusades all in all, however it ought to not be overlooked that there were numerous awesome, gallant and upright figures related with that missing kingdom and the vision of the individuals who established despite everything it sparkles in the mind every one of these hundreds of years after the fact. For a period the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem was a reference point of light; a cosmopolitan kingdom, a junction of the world, a center of exchange and a place where Christian, Jew and Muslim lived and worked one next to the other in peace. One of those commendable figures was without a doubt Godfrey de Bouillon.
The establishing of the Kingdom of Jerusalem was the most distinguished accomplishment of the Christian triumph in the First Crusade, summoned by Pope Urban II when Muslim powers attacked and debilitated to invade the Byzantine (Eastern Roman) Empire. The retaking of the Holy City by Christian powers was an occasion which gave no sign of the resilience to take after. After supernaturally grabbing triumph from the jaws of annihilation, the Crusaders raged into the city and in their repressed anger completed a slaughter awful all in all. Be that as it may, not every one of the crusaders participated in this disgraceful demonstration, one being Godfrey of Bouillon, an awesome knight, who was offered the position of royalty of the recently announced Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem. He had not set out as the pioneer of the Crusade yet over the span of occasions his valor, expertise and chivalric conduct earned him the appreciation of his troops as was about the main man who sufficiently charged regard and trust to be offered the crown of Jerusalem.
Godfrey, nonetheless, was an unassuming man and declined to, as he put it, wear a crown of gold where Christ had worn a crown of thistles. As opposed to the title of ruler, he was known as the Advocate of the Holy Sepulcher and was introduced into that office in a serious service in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Arnulf of Chocques was chosen first Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, consequently satisfying the adjust in administration between the lay and the administrative that existed in the Middle Ages all through Christendom and was one of the signs of the period. There was some uncertainty, at the start, regarding regardless of whether the Kingdom of Jerusalem could ever have a ruler by any stretch of the imagination; some needed to see the foundation of a Christian religious government under the direction of the Pope, and regardless of whether the new nation would have the capacity to keep up its freedom. That issue was settled when Godfrey of Bouillon walked out with the True Cross before him and crushed a Muslim armed force at Ascalon in August, securing the quick autonomy of Jerusalem.