Who were the leaders of the First Crusades

Pope Urban II

The First Crusades were set into motion by Pope Urban II in the year 1095.

It was in the following year in 1096 when the Crusaders set of on their journey to Constantinople on their way to Jerusalem.

Antiochin and Edessa

The Crusades spanned many centuries and there were some successful periods in the struggle for control of the Holy Lands and Jerusalem the First Crusades being one of the those success stories.

The Crusaders captured many important Muslim strongholds such as the cities of Antiochin and Edessa.

One of the First Crusades leaders Gustve Dore captures the important Muslim city of Antioch

Godfrey De Bouillon ‘King of Jerusalem’.

The success of the First Crusades was down to it’s leaders, who had gathered a well trained army or soldiers and knights and had the logistical knowledge to make sure that they had the right mix of troops, supplies of food and water and the correct weaponry and armor!

The First Crusades Leaders were nobles and not Kings, they came from all over Europe, in particular most of the important leaders of the first crusades came from France, Italy and Flanders.

Main Leaders of the First Crusades

  • Godfrey de Bouillon – Later named the ‘King of Jerusalem’.
  • Hugh count of Vernadois – A noble from France.
  • The Counts of Blois and Flounders – Nobilty.
  • The Duke of Normandy – French Duke (Nobilty).
  • Bohemond a Norman Noble and leader of Norman Troops.
  • Raymond Count from Toulouse in France (Noble).

Main Leaders of the First Crusades according to wikipedia

End of First Crusade

The First Crusade came to an end in 1099 when the Crusader armies took back control of Jerusalem from Muslim armies – this meant that the end goal of the First Crusade had been accomplished.

So important was one of the leaders of the leaders of Crusader armies ‘Godfrey De Bouillon’ that he was actually made First ‘King of Jerusalem’ in the newly created Kingdom of Jerusalem!

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