God's Kingdom Part 1 - Birth of The Kingdom
Godefroy de Boulogne was the second son of the Count of Boulogne, born in 1060. He was a Frankish knight who's loyalty to the Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV was without question. In 1076 he was named Lord of Bouillon and 11 years later he became Duke of Lower Lorraine. When Pope Urban II called for the liberation of the Holy Lands from the Muslims in 1095, Godefroy was one of the first to answer the call. Godefroy sold his lands to the Bishop of Liege and raised an army of thousands of fighting men. With his brothers by his side Godefroy joined other nobles to form a massive army of Christians traveling towards Jerusalem.
Godefroy and other Crusaders on their way to the Holy Land
Setting out from Constantinople the Crusader army slowly made their way towards Jerusalem winning victories in Nicaea, Dorylaeum, and Antioch as they went. Finally in June 1099 Jerusalem was in sight. The Christian army surrounded the city and began a siege. However due to lack of supplies and water the besiegers were fairing worse than the Muslims inside the walls. On the night of 14 July 1099 siege towers made from the wood of Genoese ships was pushed up to the walls and on the morning of the 15 July the battle was on. Godefroy was one of the very first men on the walls. He fought bravely and before the day was out the city was in the hands of the Crusaders.
Christian soldiers seizing the walls of Jerusalem from Muslim defenders
Following the liberation of the city, the Kingdom of Jerusalem was established. Godefroy refused to be named king in the city where Christ had died. Instead he took the title Advocatus Sancti Sepulchri. Godefroy was ruler of an infant kingdom surrounded by hostile infidels who all wanted to reclaim Jerusalem for themselves. The only aid he had was his brother to the north in the Crusader duchy of Edessa. As a proven and talented knight who was also a competent diplomat Godefroy believed that God had led him to this point and with God by his side, Jerusalem would prosper.