Godfrey of Bouillon, (1061?–1100), a French noble and a leader in the First Crusade. Noted for humility and piety, Godfrey became a figure in many legends and several French epics. He was the hero in Tasso's Jerusalum Delivered.
Godfrey fought for Emperor Henry IV, and was rewarded by being made Duke of Lower Lorraine in 1082. He set out on the First Crusade in 1096, and distinguished himself in the siege of Jerusalem, 1099. Godfrey was elected the first ruler of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem but declined the title of king. He was called “Advocate of the Holy Sepulchre.”